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LINGUIST List 25.3215

Wed Aug 06 2014

Books: Old Northumbrian Verbal Morphosyntax and the (Northern) Subject Rule: Cole

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Aug-2014
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Old Northumbrian Verbal Morphosyntax and the (Northern) Subject Rule: Cole
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Title: Old Northumbrian Verbal Morphosyntax and the (Northern) Subject
Rule
Series Title: NOWELE Supplement Series 25
Published: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/nss.25

Author: Marcelle Cole
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269911 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269911 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269911 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027240712 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027240712 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027240712 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This volume provides both a quantitative statistical and qualitative analysis of Late Northumbrian verbal morphosyntax as recorded in the Old English interlinear gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels. It focuses in particular on the attestation of the subject type and adjacency constraints that characterise the so-called Northern Subject Rule concord system. The study presents new evidence which challenges the traditional Early Middle English dating attributed to the emergence of subject-type concord in the North of England and demonstrates that the syntactic configuration of the Northern Subject Rule was already a feature of Old English. By setting the Northumbrian developments within a broad framework of diachronic and diatopic variation, in which manifestations of subject-type concord are explored in a wide range of varieties of English, the author argues that a concord system based on subject type rather than person/number features is in fact a far less local and more universal tendency in English than previously believed.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Morphology
                            Syntax
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            English, Middle (enm)
                            English, Old (ang)

Written In: English (eng)

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