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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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Edited by

DR GRAEME DAVIS, Research Fellow in the Department of English, University of Buckingham, UK, and Associate Lecturer, the Open University, UK, and

KARL A. BERNHARDT, Research Fellow in the Department of English, University of Buckingham, UK, and

DR MARK GARNER, Director, Centre for Language Assessment Research, University of Roehampton.

Studies in Historical Linguistics brings together work which utilises the comparative method of language study.

Topics include the examination of language change over time, the genetic classification of language, lexicography, dialectology and etymology. Pronunciation, lexis, morphology and syntax are examined within the framework of historical linguistics. Both synchronic and diachronic approaches are used so that language is examined both at one time and across time.

Historical Linguistics is still a young area of academic study, but it has its foundations in one of the oldest – philology. This series recognises both the seminal importance of philology, and the recent development through the conceptual framework provided by linguistic science.

Studies in Historical Linguistics is based at the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton.

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