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‘A peculiar beauty of our language’

Lieselotte Anderwald.

in Language Between Description and Prescription

August 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Linguistics. 14005 words.

Chapter 6 investigates the rise of the progressive over the course of the nineteenth century, and its treatment in grammars of the time. The progressive rose considerably in text frequency,...

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A‐prosthesis

Rodney Sampson.

in Vowel Prosthesis in Romance

October 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 21732 words.

This category of vowel prosthesis postdates I‐prosthesis and operated on rhotic‐initial words. Its early development is examined closely, and its geographical diffusion and likely causation...

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Active/passive, reflexivity, and intransitivization

Harm Pinkster.

in The Oxford Latin Syntax

August 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 23414 words.

In this chapter three uses of the verbs that are normally treated in different chapters are discussed together. It is shown that from a semantic point of view the passive, reflexive, and...

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Adamántios Koraïs (Αδαμάντιος‎ Κοραής‎)

Florian Coulmas.

in Guardians of Language

March 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociolinguistics; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 3167 words.

Greece is the cradle of European civilization, and for many centuries Greek was the language of civilization. But under foreign rule Hellas declined, and so did the prestige of Greek as the...

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Address systems

Richard Ashdowne.

in The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

June 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 8380 words.

This chapter surveys some of the most important issues in Romance address systems. It covers the principal pronominal and verbal systems of address across Romance; sources of innovative...

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Adjectives and adjectival phrases

Raluca Brăescu.

in The Syntax of Old Romanian

March 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 2570 words.

This chapter presents the syntax of the adjective in OR. The following problems are discussed: the definiteness agreement patterns, marking of agreement with the head noun, postnominal and...

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Adverbial grammaticalization

Paolo Ramat.

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

October 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 3986 words.

This article examines the grammaticalisation of adverbs. It surveys ways in which adverbs can come into existence: via affixation, via case suffixes, and with true grammaticalised...

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Adverbs and adverbial phrases

Carmen Mîrzea Vasile.

in The Syntax of Old Romanian

March 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 1612 words.

This chapter addresses some syntactic changes affecting Romanian adverbs. Special attention is paid to the differences between OR and MR in the typology of adverbs, the internal structure...

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After Middle English

Tim William Machan.

in English in the Middle Ages

May 2005; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 6446 words.

This chapter explores some significant early modern developments in the ecology of English and their ramifications for the status of the language. It considers Robert Crowley's 1550 edition...

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After twilight: 1915–1923

Peter Gilliver.

in The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

August 2016; p ublished online September 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Lexicography; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 17392 words.

This chapter describes the progress of the OED down to the death of Henry Bradley in 1923. It describes the reorganization of the staff following Murray’s death, the loss of personnel to...

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