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The Development of Future Constructions in English

The Pragmatics of Modal and Temporal "Will</I> and "Shall</I> in Middle English


Leslie Katherine Arnovick

Arnovick examines the evolution of the English verbal system in a period of significant transformation by tracing the development in Old and Middle English of will and shall future constructions. Through pragmatic analysis of speech acts, she demonstrates how speakers employed both modal and temporal auxiliaries to communicate attitudes about the future. Arnovick finds historic precedent as well as intrinsic rationale for the received rules about will and shall.
Contents: The Development of Future Constructions in English is a scholarly monograph intended for linguists, English language historians, and medievalists interested in the history of future constructions in English or in the behavior of will and shall.