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Case Marking and Reanalysis : Grammatical Relations from Old to Early Modern English - Cynthia L. Allen

Case Marking and Reanalysis

Grammatical Relations from Old to Early Modern English

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780198238676
Number Of Pages: 528

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It is commonly stated that the loss of case marking distinctions between Old and Middle English had profound consequences for the syntax of the language. In particular, linguists have attributed both the loss of the 'impersonal' constructions such as methinks and the introduction of new passives such as he was given a book directly to the loss of case marking distinctions. However, the existing analyses generally suffer from empirical inadequacies; insufficient available information concerning the case marking systems (as opposed to the forms) makes it difficult to determine exactly when crucial marking distinctions disappeared. Dr Allen makes a careful examination of the primary evidence for how the loss of case distinctions proceeded, and of the temporal relationship between changes in morphology and particular syntactic changes. She demonstrates that morphological change had a less direct role in the triggering of syntactic change than is usually assumed, and that some changes traditionally considered to be the result of syntactic reanalysis are better treated in other ways. Some changes to grammatical relations werenot the result of syntactic reanalysis, but were caused by changes in verbal semantics, while others which have been treated as syntactic reanalysis in fact involved no change to grammatical relations, but only to the possible case marking associated with subjects. Endorsement: 'Fruitful interaction between historical linguistics and linguistic theory is rarely the aim and even more rarely achieved ... Allen's work is a remarkable exception. It is her avowed intention to being together the methodology, assumptions and principles of the two disciplines, to show that each can benefit from the other. This she does with signal success. Allen presents a careful and detailed examination of changes in case marking and claimed relationships to syntactic changes. This in itself is valuable and significant. More than this, Allen provides a thoroughly worked-out, clearly presented model of historical linguistic investigation ... a rewarding blend of descriptive rigour and theoretical insight.' Australian Journal of Linguistics (24/02/1998)

`Fruitful interaction between historical linguistics and linguistic theory is rarely the aim and even more rarely achieved ... Allen's work is a remarkable exception. It is her avowed intention to bring together the methodology, assumptions and principles of the two disciplines, to show that each can benefit from the other. This she does with signal success. Allen presents a careful and detailed examination of changes in case marking and claimed relationships to syntactic changes. This in itself is valuable and significant. More investigation ... a rewarding blend of descriptive rigour and theoretical insight.' Australian Journal of Linguistics `It is rich in historical detail, and there are inevitably many points to discuss ... I recommend this book for its detailed, careful and explicit historical account.' Journal of Linguistics

1: Introduction 2: An Overview of Old English Syntax 3: Case Marking and the Experiencer Verbs in Old English 4: The Syntax of the Experiencer Verbs in Old English 5: The Loss of Case Marking 6: The Development of the Experiencer Verbs 7: Explaining the Demise of the Preposed Dative Experiencer 8: Change in Passives: Single Objects 9: Changes in Passives: Verbs with More than One Object-like Argument 10: Conclusion Appendices

ISBN: 9780198238676
ISBN-10: 0198238673
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.75