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Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English

Peter Petré

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199373390
eISBN:
9780199373413
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This monograph presents the first comprehensive diachronic account of copular and passive verb constructions in Old and Middle English. Loss of the high-frequency verb weorðan ‘become’ is explained ... More


In Dialogue with Previous Studies

Peter Petré

in Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199373390
eISBN:
9780199373413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

Chapter 2 outlines previous literature on English copular and passive verbs. Studies that address the distinction between bið and is have examined either contact with Celtic or dialectal variation ... More


The Present Tense

Peter Petré

in Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199373390
eISBN:
9780199373413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

Chapter 5 discusses the merger of copular is and bið into a single suppletive paradigm in Middle English. Old English is is shown typically to encode present states of specific subjects, and ... More


Copularization of <i>becumeþ</i> and <i>weaxeþ</i>

Peter Petré

in Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199373390
eISBN:
9780199373413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

Chapter 6 provides the first detailed analysis of the development of the change-of-state copulas become (originally ‘arrive’) and wax (‘grow’). Intriguingly, these verbs became fully productive ... More


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