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The Rise of the To-Infinitive

Bettelou Los

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274765
eISBN:
9780191705885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274765.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This book describes the historical emergence and spread of the to-infinitive in English. It shows that to + infinitive emerged from a reanalysis of the preposition to plus a deverbal nominalization, ... More


From Old to Middle English

Jeremy J. Smith

in Sound Change and the History of English

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199291953
eISBN:
9780191710568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter begins with a discussion of the strong evidential basis for the Old English-Middle English transition, and then proceeds to discuss the major quantitative sound-changes which ... More


The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory

Andrew King

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187226
eISBN:
9780191674662
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Scholarship on Middle English romance has done little to access the textual and bibliographical continuity of this remarkable literary tradition into the 16th century and its impact on Elizabethan ... More


England, Wales, and Cornwall

Brian Murdoch

in The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe: Vernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199564149
eISBN:
9780191721328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564149.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

There is a very full tradition of vernacular adaptations of the Vita Adae in Middle English prose and verse. Prose versions are independent (as in the Vernon manuscript), or can be incorporated into ... More


Genitive case in Middle English

Cynthia L. Allen

in Genitives in Early English: Typology and Evidence

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199216680
eISBN:
9780191711893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216680.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, English Language

By the end of the Middle English period, the -s genitive in Middle English had changed its character. This chapter documents the evidence for the nature of this possessive marker in Early and Late ... More


The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance

Malcolm Hebron

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186205
eISBN:
9780191674440
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186205.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Sieges were a popular subject in medieval romances. Tales of the Crusades featured champions of Christianity capturing towns in the Holy Land or mounting heroic defences. The fall of a great city ... More


Middle English Romance: Tradition, Genre, Manuscripts, and Prints

Andrew King

in The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187226
eISBN:
9780191674662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines Middle English romance as a native tradition. It also discusses the history of the readership of native romance and its importance for judging Spenser's strategy in ... More


Conclusion

Andrew King

in The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187226
eISBN:
9780191674662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Spenser's reception of the rich and complex imaginative, historical, and political traditions involved in Middle English romance is an aspect of The Faerie Queene which has been grossly neglected. ... More


Language, Dialect, Nation

Tim William Machan

in English in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199282128
eISBN:
9780191718991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282128.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, English Language

This chapter explores the ways in which linguistic beliefs convey meaning. It considers both the role of English within the linguistic repertoire of the period (its relations to Latin and French in ... More


Getting a word in: Contact, etymology and English vocabulary in the twelfth century

Richard Dance

in British Academy Lectures 2013-14

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780197265864
eISBN:
9780191772016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265864.003.0007
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

English vocabulary owes an enormous debt to the other languages of medieval Britain. Arguably, nowhere is this debt more significant than in the 12th century—a complex and fascinating period of ... More


Expletive pro and misagreement in Late Middle English *

Kleanthes K. Grohmann and Richard Ingham

in Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0018
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter deals with a grammatical phenomenon in Late Middle English here identified as Postfinite Misagreement, in which a finite singular auxiliary form co‐occurs with a plural subject in ... More


His Early Work in Middle English

Christine Franzen

in The Tremulous Hand of Worcester: A Study of Old English in the Thirteenth Century

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117421
eISBN:
9780191670954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117421.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

One important aspect of the tremulous scribe's work is the layer of Middle English glosses in MSS C, E, and G. This layer is not only in his hand but is his earliest layer of glossing. It is ... More


The Barons’ War and Henry’s Letters

Tim William Machan

in English in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199282128
eISBN:
9780191718991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282128.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, English Language

This chapter examines two royal letters that were written in English and released by Henry III in 1258. These letters are used to talk about the many contextual factors that give utterances and codes ... More


Introduction

Bettelou Los

in The Rise of the To-Infinitive

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274765
eISBN:
9780191705885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274765.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter presents an overview of issues of the to-infinitive discussed in the literature. It is usually assumed that the infinitive is a noun in Old English, and that, hence, the to-infinitive is ... More


The Organisation of Multilingual Miscellanies: The Contrasting Fortunes of Middle English Lyrics and Romances

Ad Putter

in Insular Books: Vernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780197265833
eISBN:
9780191771996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265833.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the use of multiple languages, and particularly the co-existence of English and French items, in one and the same codex, focusing on miscellanies from the 13th to the 15th ... More


What’s a Dialect Before It’s a Dialect?

Tim William Machan

in English in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199282128
eISBN:
9780191718991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282128.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, English Language

This chapter considers how the status of a language can figure in cultural activity by looking at two late-medieval poems: Chaucer's Reeve's Tale and the anonymous Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. ... More


Word Order, Information Structure, and Discourse Relations: A Study of Old and Middle English Verb-Final Clauses

Kristin Bech

in Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860210
eISBN:
9780199949601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860210.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter explores the connection between word order and discourse relations in Old English (OE), while also taking information structure into account. The focus is on verb-final declarative ... More


Syntax and Information Structure: Verb-Second Variation in Middle English

Ans van Kemenade and Marit Westergaard

in Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860210
eISBN:
9780199949601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860210.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter discusses the relationship between syntax and information structure (IS), focusing on the variation between verb-second (V2) and non-V2 word order in Middle English. It incorporates ... More


The Diachronic Perspective: An Outlook to the Impersonal Construction in Middle and Early Modern English

Ruth Möhlig-Falke

in The Early English Impersonal Construction: An Analysis of Verbal and Constructional Meaning

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199777723
eISBN:
9780199933310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777723.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

The morphosyntactic analysis of the verbs that were capable of impersonal use in Old English (OE) was undertaken with the aim of determining the role that the impersonal construction had in the OE ... More


The Matter of Just Memory: Providential History in Middle English Romance

Andrew King

in The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187226
eISBN:
9780191674662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter explores the intertextuality of a selection of Middle English romances — King Horn, Havelok, Of Arthour and of Merlin, Richard Coeur de Lion Sir Brevis of Hampton, and ... More


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