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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: English Auxiliaries
Subtitle: Structure and History
Written By: Anthony Warner
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 66

Auxiliaries are one of the most complex areas of English syntax.
Disagreement over both the principles and details of their grammar has been
substantial. Anthony Warner here offers a detailed account of both their
synchronic and diachronic properties. He first argues that lexical
properties are central to their grammar, which is relatively non-abstract.
He then traces in detail the history of processes of grammaticalisation in
their development and claims most notably that we can identify a group of
auxiliaries in English from an early period on formal, not just semantic,
grounds. This book meets the dual challenge of accounting for both the
grammar and the history of the English auxiliary. It will be essential
reading for all those interested in English syntax and its history.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521103215
ISBN-13: 9780521103213
Prices: U.K. £ 15.99
U.S. $ 29.99