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Approaches to Middle English

Variation, Contact and Change


Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre and Javier Calle-Martín

This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 8th International Conference of Middle English, held in Spain at the University of Murcia in 2013. The contributions embrace a variety of research topics and approaches, with a particular interest in multilingualism, multidialectalism and language contact in medieval England, together with other more linguistically-oriented approaches on the phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics and pragmatics of Middle English. The volume gives a specialized stance on various aspects of the Middle English language and reveals how the interdisciplinary confluence of different approaches can shed light on manifold evidences of variation, contact and change in the period.
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On the V2-type that disappears in ME: María Francisca Buys and Concha Castillo


María Francisca Buys and Concha CastilloUniversity of Málaga

On the V2-type that disappears in ME


In this paper we deal with a type of topicalisation structure that M(iddle)E(nglish) inherits from O(ld)E(nglish) and whose disappearance after the ME period is arguably responsible for English not being referred to as a V2 language, as is the case with Germanic languages in general. The structure is exemplified in (1) below.

Three major questions have been posed in the diachronic generative literature of the last three decades regarding structures like (1):

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