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Introduction

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter introduces the subject matter of the book and briefly surveys the literature on dative external possessors cross-linguistically and in the history of English. This corpus-based study ... More


External possessors in Early Middle English

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter documents the use of dative external possessors in Middle English with possessa referring to the body and the mind. This construction was infrequent but still productive with body ... More


Mind and dative external possessors in Old English

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter documents the use of dative external possessors in Old English with words referring to the mind or soul and compares this with the use of internal possessors with these words. It is ... More


Changes and explanations

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter evaluates proposals that have been put forward to explain the loss of dative external possessors in English. The leading explanation using internal developments as a trigger links the ... More


Body and dative external possessors in Old English

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter documents the use of dative external possessors in Old English with words referring to the human body or parts of it and compares this with the use of internal possessors. It is shown ... More


Dative External Possessors in Early English

Cynthia L. Allen

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book presents the results of a corpus-based case study of diachronic English syntax. Present Day English is in a minority of European languages in not having a productive dative external ... More


Investigating dative external possessors in the history of English

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter outlines the methodology used in gathering data for dative external possessors and internal possessors in Old and Early Middle English. Parsed electronic corpora of texts from these ... More


Early changes in English

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter presents statistical evidence that dative external possessors declined within the Old English period. A more informal comparison with Gothic and Old Saxon suggests that the use of such ... More


Conclusion

Cynthia L. Allen

in Dative External Possessors in Early English

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198832263
eISBN:
9780191870927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832263.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter summarizes the findings of the investigation and points to some avenues of future research. The dative external possessor was always a marked construction in English, used especially ... More


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