This volume includes a selection of fifteen papers delivered at the Second International Conference on Late Modern English. The chapters focus on significant linguistic aspects of the Late Modern English period, not only on grammatical issues such as the development of pragmatic markers,
for-to infinitive constructions, verbal subcategorisation, progressive aspect, sentential complements, double comparative forms or auxiliary/negator cliticisation but also on pronunciation, dialectal variation and other practical aspects such as corpus compilation, which are approached from different perspectives (descriptive, cognitive, syntactic, corpus-driven).
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 455 pp.
Contents: Javier Pérez-Guerra/Dolores González-Álvarez/Jorge L. Bueno-Alonso/Esperanza Rama-Martínez: ‘Of varying language
and opposing creed’: Five first details are being depicted – Joan C. Beal: ‘To explain the present’: nineteenth-century
evidence for ‘recent’ changes in English pronunciation – Laurel J. Brinton: What’s more: the development of pragmatic
markers in the modern period – Hubert Cuyckens/Hendrik De Smet: For…to-infinitives from Early to Late Modern English
– Stefan Dollinger: The importance of demography for the study of historical Canadian English: three examples from the Corpus
of Early Ontario English – Radosław Dylewski: Forms of tri-alternant verbs in early American writings (1662-1720) – Teresa
Fanego: Drift and the development of sentential complements in British and American English from 1700 to the present day –
Victorina González-Díaz: Worser and lesser in Modern English – Bernd Kortmann/Susanne Wagner: A fresh look at
Late Modern English dialect syntax – María José López-Couso: Auxiliary and negative cliticisation in Late Modern English –
Meiko Matsumoto: The historical development of take/have a walk – Isabel Moskowich/Begoña Crespo: Presenting the Coruña
Corpus:a collection of samples for the historical study of English scientific writing – Paloma Núñez Pertejo: Aspects
of the use of the progressive in the eighteenth century – Elena Orduna Nocito: The semantic field of ‘manners’ in the eighteenth
century: a cognitive approach – Päivi Pahta/Arja Nurmi: ‘What we do cón amore’: structures of code-switching in eighteenth-century
personal letters – Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade/Fátima María Faya Cerqueiro: Saying please in Late Modern English.