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Self-based Anaphora in Early Modern English


Ewa Kucelman

This book is a corpus-based study which aims to describe the class of self-pronouns as used in the Early Modern English period. Self-pronouns are presented as a multi-functional class, with two main functions, as emphatic forms and as reflexive markers. The emphatic function is seen as a continuation of an earlier state of affairs, whereas the reflexive function is described as a new, emerging one. As reflexive markers, self-pronouns in Early Modern English compete with personal pronouns. Therefore the book seeks to present the conditions of their distribution ranging from configurational and thematic through discursive to pragmatic factors involved in the choice of the reflexive strategy.


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I would like to take this opportunity and thank several people who contributed to bringing this research project to completion. My special thanks are due to Professor Adam Pasicki for getting me interested in Early Modern English syntax, for his steady guidance, patience, and support. He was the first reader of the draft version of the study. I owe a debt of gratitude to Professors Rafa Molencki and Piotr Ruszkiewicz for reading an earlier draft of the manuscript and for proposing several improvements. Professors Janusz Malak and Rafa Molencki read the final draft and recommended it for publication. My thanks also go to the numerous authors whose work supplied me with invaluable materials and excellent prior analyses – their names are listed in the bibliography. Thank you all. Cracow, 2013

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