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Functional Aspects of Old English Grammar

Ruth Möhlig-Falke

in The Early English Impersonal Construction

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777723
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777723.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in the History of English

Functional Aspects of Old English Grammar

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To be able to determine the meaning and communicative function of the Old English (OE) impersonal construction, it is necessary to investigate it within the context of the OE grammatical system. This chapter focuses on the formal and functional properties of the aspects of OE grammar that play a role for the functionality of the OE impersonal construction. These are the OE means of expressing transitive relations, the nominal case categories, word order, the categories of subject and object, and their relationship to the discourse-pragmatic notion of topic.

Keywords: Old English grammatical system; impersonal construction; functionality; transitive relations; nominal case; word order; subject; object; topic

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Subjects: Linguistics

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