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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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GISLE ANDERSEN is Professor of English linguistics at NHH, the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. His research mainly focuses on different aspects of spoken interaction. His work deals especially with the use of corpora for studies in pragmatics and sociolinguistics, covering topics such as discourse markers and interjections, vague language and listenership. He has also worked on written communication, lexicography and terminology, and the influence of English on Norwegian language. He is the author of Pragmatic markers and sociolinguistic variation – a relevance-theoretic approach to the language of adolescents (John Benjamins, 2001) and he has co-authored Trends in teenage talk – corpus compilation, analysis and findings (John Benjamins, 2002). He has edited the book Exploring newspaper language (John Benjamins, 2012) and co-edited Pragmatic markers and propositional attitude (John Benjamins, 2000) and Pragmatics of society (Mouton de Gruyter, 2010). Andersen has been involved in various corpus compilation projects, including COLT (The Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language) and the Norwegian Newspaper Corpus, and he has coordinated and participated in projects within language technology and language resources. He is participating in various projects funded by the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway. Andersen is also a board member of the research network ICAME (International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English). E-mail:

KRISTIN BECH is a Researcher in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. Her main publications are within the area of word order and information structure in...

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