Ruth Möhlig-Falke

in The Early English Impersonal Construction

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777723
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the History of English


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This chapter summarizes and concludes the discussion, and provides some considerations for future research. Working in a cognitive-functional framework, this study has presented an analysis of the impersonal verbs and the impersonal construction in early English that has focused on semantic and discourse-pragmatic factors and on the interaction among verbal, grammatical, and constructional meaning. By focusing on the semantic and discourse-pragmatic properties of the impersonal construction and on the interaction among verbal, grammatical, and constructional meaning, the reasons for the loss of the impersonal construction could be reassessed, pointing to the semantic and discourse-pragmatic motivations for its loss as a consequence of the drastic grammatical changes that affected the expression of transitive relations in the course of Middle English.

Keywords: impersonal verbs; impersonal construction; early English; Middle English

Chapter.  4076 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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