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Article Emergence in Old English: A Constructionalist Perspective.

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Article Emergence in Old English: A Constructionalist Perspective

Lotte Sommerer

De Gruyter Mouton

2018

357 pages

$114.99

Hardcover

Topics in English Linguistics; Volume 99

PR179

In a usage-based corpus study of nominal determination patterns in Old English, Sommerer analyzes the phenomenon of category emergence from a diachronic Construction Grammar perspective. She traces the development of the definite and the indefinite articles in English, and finds that a usage-based cognitive constructionalist approach seems to provide the most promising account of when, how, and why the articles emerged. The development of the demonstrative se ("that") and the numeral an ("one") should not be told as a story of two individual morphemes, she argues, but as a single phenomenon within constructional changes in the network of Old English speakers. This is a substantial rewriting and expansion of her 2011 doctoral dissertation at the University of Vienna. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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