Language Change and Variation from Old English to Late Modern English: A Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 422 pages
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This collection reflects Minoji Akimoto's concern with studies of change in English that are theoretically-informed, but founded on substantial bodies of data. Some of the contributors focus on individual texts and text-types, among them literature and journalism, others on specific periods, from Old English to the nineteenth century, but the majority trace a linguistic process - such as negation, passivisation, complementation or grammaticalisation - through the history of English. While several papers take a fresh look at manuscript evidence, the harnessing of wideranging electronic corpora is a recurring feature methodologically. The linguistic fields treated include word semantics, stylistics, orthography, word-order, pragmatics and lexicography. The volume also contains a bibliography of Professor Akimoto's writings and an index of linguistic terms.
 

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Contents

Preface
11
Discourse and Pragmatics
13
ELLY VAN Gelderen
35
MICHIO HOSAKA
59
YOKO IYEIRI
79
OHKADO MASAYUKI
103
FUYO OSAWA
117
Hironori Suzuki
139
FUJIO Nakamura
217
John Scahill
239
HarumiTanabe
253
TOMOHIRO KAWABATA
303
Matti Rissanen
327
Reijirou Shibasaki
349
Shihoko Yamamoto
375
compiled by Shihoko Yamamoto
401

Dieter Kastovsky
163
MEIKO Matsumoto
197

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About the author (2010)

The Editors: Merja Kyt is Professor of English Language at Uppsala University. Her areas of interest cover English historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, language variation and change, historical pragmatics, and manuscript studies.
John Scahill holds a doctorate from the University of Sydney for research on Early Middle English manuscripts and literary history, and is a member of the Faculty of Letters at Keio University in Tokyo.
Harumi Tanabe is Professor of English at Seikei University, Tokyo. Her main academic interests are English historical linguistics and Middle English manuscript studies.

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