Edited By Michiko Ogura
Two Syntactic Notes on Old English Grammar
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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