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Studies in Old and Middle English


Jacek Fisiak

This is the second volume of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Foreign Influences on Medieval English held in Warsaw on 12-13 December 2009 and organized by the School of English at the Warsaw Division of the Academy of Management in Łódź (Wyższa Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości i Zarządzania). The conference was attended by scholars from Poland, USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Japan, Finland, Italy, Ukraine and Slovenia. Their papers covered a wide range of topics concerning the area of language contact in Old and Middle English from orthography, phonology, morphology and syntax to word semantics.
Contents: Elżbieta Adamczyk: The English-Saxon morphological interface: Evidence from the nominal inflection of the West Saxon and Old Saxon Genesis – Anna Antkowiak: Scribal treatment of the (to)-infinitive in the 15th century manuscripts of the three selected tales from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales – Michael Bilynsky: The expansion of ME shared sense/stem (de)verbal synonyms: Patterns of etymological interchange – Anna Budna: Tracing potential foreign influences on Middle English morphology: The present participle markers -and and -ing – Natalia Filipowicz: Tracing the origins and fates of African fauna vocabulary in Middle English – Anna Hebda: Onde and envy: A diachronic cognitive approach – Joanna Janecka/Anna Wojtyś: In the secounde moneth, that other yeer of the goyng of hem out of Egipte - on the replacement of other by second in English – Małgorzata Kłos: ‘To die’ in Early Middle English: Deien, swelten or sterven? – Agnieszka Kocel: Nonpalatalised dorsals in Southumbrian Middle English grammatical words: A Scandinavian influence? – Sylwester Łodej: The non-denotational meaning in the domain of clergy: Pejoration of the lexical fields of PRIEST, BISHOP and POPE in Early Modern English – Janusz Malak: The rise of phrasal verbs in Middle English - a case of indirect syntactic influence on word forms – Frančiška Trobevšek Drobnak: Formal marking of the Middle English infinitive in specific grammatical environment.