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Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England

Michiko Ogura

This collection of papers is a gift for all the members of the Japan Society for Medieval English Studies, who worked abroad under the direction of British, European and American medievalists or greatly influenced by those scholars as guests of the Society. Six papers in this book tell parts of their special fields of study: Aldred the Northumbrian scribe, Old English glosses, the Exeter Book, source studies of Old English homilies, Old English Boethius and Judgement Day II. As one of their students and a former president of the Society, the editor adds the last paper on Old English syntax.
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Two Syntactic Notes on Old English Grammar


Michiko Ogura


The Old English construction ‘beon/wesan + present participle’ was not yet a part of tense system expressing duration or progressiveness. OE standan basically meant ‘to stand’ but functioned as a copula in some syntactic environments. In this paper I investigate one of the periphrastic constructions and an auxiliation of a full verb so as to show features which seem peculiar to Old English but have close connections to the development of the English language.

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