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‘Ye whom the charms of grammar please’

Studies in English Language History in Honour of Leiv Egil Breivik

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Edited By Kari Haugland, Kevin McCafferty and Kristian A. Rusten

This collection of articles by colleagues and students of Leiv Egil Breivik presents studies within both core and peripheral areas of English historical linguistics. Core topics covered include the development of existential there and related phenomena, word order, the evolution of adverbials, null subjects from Old to Early Modern English, pragmatics and information structure and aspects of discourse. Contributors also address the emergence of new syntactic constructions in the past and present, language contact and aspects of style in Early Modern English letters and medical texts. The ideological discourses of children’s dictionaries and medieval letters of defence are also explored.
The essays are all empirical studies, based on a wide range of corpora (both historical and contemporary) and applying theoretical approaches informed by Systemic-Functional Grammar, grammaticalization theory, dependency grammar, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistic methods. Issues of methodology, statistics and corpus construction and annotation are also addressed in several contributions.
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About the editors

About the editors

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Kari E. Haugland is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bergen. Her research interests are mainly within English historical linguistics and her current focus is Old English syntax.

Kevin McCafferty is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bergen. His research interests lie broadly in the field of language variation and change, with a focus on Irish English. He is at present studying the history of Irish English.

Kristian A. Rusten is a PhD Research Fellow in English Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen. He has published on null subjects in Old English and is working on a doctoral thesis on referential and generic null subjects in Old, Middle and Early Modern English.

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