By Jacek Fisiak, Marcin Krygier

ISBN-10: 3110161516

ISBN-13: 9783110161519

This quantity includes 28 papers from the ninth foreign convention in English old Linguistics, which happened in Poznan, Poland, in August 1996. The contributions hide all features of the historical past of the English language, together with: phonology; morphology; syntax; and lexicon.

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2. 218) 30 Guohua Chen The earliest instance of this use of if you will in the OED is (4), which is found under taker. It also turns out that if you will was not merely "sometimes" used in a metalinguistic function. Of the 30 or so citations of Early Modern English if you will under various headwords in the OED, more than half are metalinguistic conditionals. In the Helsinki Corpus there are nine instances of if you will and one instance of and you will. Of these ten instances only (28) has a metalinguistic function: (28) / am for venturing one of the Hundreds if you will upon this Knight-Errantry.

Yet the meaning of most of these words (together with part of their form, namely -able) is compatible with The role of domain structure in morphological change 35 analyzable formations so that we cannot rule out the possibility that they contributed to the overall "strength" of the pattern. 3. Was ABLE a functional novelty? Before answering the question whether ABLE was a functional novelty on top of being a formal one we need to address the question of what the function of ABLE actually is. 1.

De-conditionalization and degrammaticalization Prototypical conditional sentences are characterized by a contingency relation between protasis and apodosis, with the truth of the apodosis being contingent on that of the protasis. : (1) And yf the prologue bee so small that ye cannot wel reade them, (her is my fathers book. (EModEl CORP RPLUMPT 232)2 Since no direct contingency relationship can be found in (1), the conditional clause in such a sentence is said to express "indirect condition" (cf.

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