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Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English: A Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto (Linguistic Insights)

Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English: A Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto (Linguistic Insights)

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  • ISBN-13: 9783034303729
  • Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
  • Release Date: Aug 17, 2010
  • Edition: 1st New edition
  • Pages: 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.75 inches

Overview

This collection reflects Minoji Akimoto’s concern with studies of change in English that are theoretically-informed, but founded on substantial bodies of data. Some of the contributors focus on individual texts and text-types, among them literature and journalism, others on specific periods, from Old English to the nineteenth century, but the majority trace a linguistic process - such as negation, passivisation, complementation or grammaticalisation - through the history of English. While several papers take a fresh look at manuscript evidence, the harnessing of wideranging electronic corpora is a recurring feature methodologically. The linguistic fields treated include word semantics, stylistics, orthography, word-order, pragmatics and lexicography. The volume also contains a bibliography of Professor Akimoto’s writings and an index of linguistic terms.

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