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Self-based Anaphora in Early Modern English

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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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We are pleased to announce the series Studies in Language, Culture, and Society and present this monograph as the first. The series will carry original research beyond the scope of the article. We hope that the present and future monographs in this series will stimulate further research and provide insight. The present monograph by Ewa Kucelman takes up the issue of the class of self-pronouns in the Early Modern English period and presents it in a broad perspective, including the emergence of their reflexive function on top of their earlier, emphatic function, conditions on their distribution stated in configurational, thematic, and discursive terms as well as the role played by pragmatic factors in determining the choice of the self forms over the plain pronouns. Prof. Dr Anna Duszak Prof. Dr Andrzej Ktny Prof. Dr Piotr Ruszkiewicz

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