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‘Ye whom the charms of grammar please’

Studies in English Language History in Honour of Leiv Egil Breivik


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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Kristin Killie: The development of colour adverbs in Norwegian and English: Similar paths, different paths


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The development of colour adverbs in Norwegian and English: Similar paths, different paths1

1 Introduction: Aims and organization

The present study focuses on adjectival and adverbial colour elements which function as heads of clause elements and co-occur with non-linking main verbs. Some examples are given in (1)–(4).2


Susan flushed red. (D. H. Lawrence, Sons and lovers)


Her pink face flushed rosily. (Ruth Rendell, Put on by cunning)


Og fjorden låg kvit som um han skulde ha vore piska and the-fjord lay white as if he should have been whipped ‘And the fjord lay white as if it had been whipped’ (Ragnvald Vaage, Mot stupe)

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