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The Impersonal Construction in 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/9780199777723.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter begins by setting the purpose of the book, which is to analyze the function and use of the Old English (OE) impersonal construction. The analysis shows that the range of syntactic uses ... 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 Early English Impersonal Construction: An Analysis of Verbal and Constructional Meaning

Ruth Möhlig-Falke

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199777723
eISBN:
9780199933310
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777723.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This book aims to demonstrate that an understanding of the functional and semantic aspects of impersonal verbs in Old and Middle English can shed light on questions that remain about these verbs ... More


Old and Middle English Impersonal Verbs of Emotion: Analysis from Dictionary Meanings

Ayumi Miura

in Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199947157
eISBN:
9780190204556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Historical Linguistics

On the basis of the dates and definitions provided in dictionaries of Old and Middle English, this chapter offers a focused study of the rise and spread of impersonal constructions in each of the ... More


Conclusion

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/9780199777723.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter summarizes and concludes the discussion, and provides some considerations for future research. Working in a cognitive-functional framework, this study has presented an analysis of the ... More


Concluding Remarks

Ayumi Miura

in Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199947157
eISBN:
9780190204556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Historical Linguistics

The final chapter first revisits the issue of transitivity of impersonal verbs and concludes that Middle English verbs of emotion are likely to occur in impersonal constructions if they are ... More


Lecture I, 20

David Langslow

in Jacob Wackernagel, Lectures on Syntax: With Special Reference to Greek, Latin, and Germanic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780198153023
eISBN:
9780191715211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198153023.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The two-and-a-half lectures on the personal forms of the verb begin with some general remarks on the history of the subject, on the forms of the verb attested,and on the use of the personal pronouns. ... More


Lecture I, 21

David Langslow

in Jacob Wackernagel, Lectures on Syntax: With Special Reference to Greek, Latin, and Germanic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780198153023
eISBN:
9780191715211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198153023.003.0021
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The two-and-a-half lectures on the personal forms of the verb begin with some general remarks on the history of the subject, on the forms of the verb attested, and on the use of the personal ... More


Introduction

Ayumi Miura

in Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199947157
eISBN:
9780190204556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Historical Linguistics

The first chapter provides a careful examination of the overall research context, with special emphasis on different syntactic-semantic definitions and classifications of ‘impersonal constructions’ ... More


Lecture I, 19

David Langslow

in Jacob Wackernagel, Lectures on Syntax: With Special Reference to Greek, Latin, and Germanic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780198153023
eISBN:
9780191715211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198153023.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The two-and-a-half lectures on the personal forms of the verb begin with some general remarks on the history of the subject,on the forms of the verb attested, and on the use of the personal pronouns. ... More


Movement, Morphology, and Learnability

Susana Bejar

in Syntactic Effects of Morphological Change

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199250691
eISBN:
9780191719455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250691.003.0018
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter focuses on the relation between morphological case and A-movement. It argues against the so-called Overt Attractor Hypothesis (OAH) under which case morphology is a cue for A-movement. ... More


Verbs of Emotion and the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

Ayumi Miura

in Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199947157
eISBN:
9780190204556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Historical Linguistics

The third chapter first offers justifications for limiting the research target to verbs of emotion, mainly for practical reasons but also because the semantic field of emotion is well known in the ... More


Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony

Ayumi Miura

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199947157
eISBN:
9780190204556
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Historical Linguistics

Impersonal constructions in the history of English form a puzzling category, in that there has been uncertainty as to why some verbs are attested in such constructions while others are not, even ... More


Building Occasions for Another’s Initiative: The Impersonal Deontic Declarative Trzeba x (“It is Necessary to x”)

Jörg Zinken

in Requesting Responsibility: The Morality of Grammar in Polish and English Family Interaction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190210724
eISBN:
9780190210748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210724.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter examines the use of a declarative turn format built with an impersonal verb expressing deontic modality: trzeba x (“it is necessary to x”). The sequential analysis explores contexts and ... More


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