Genitives in Early English: Typology and Evidence

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This book examines the evidence for the development of adnominal genitives (the knight's sword, the nun's priest's tale, etc.) in English. During the Middle English period the genitive inflection -es developed into the more clitic-like 's, but how, when, why, and over how long a time are unclear, and have been subject to considerable research and discussion. Cynthia L. Allen draws together her own and others' findings in areas such as case marking, the nature of syntactic and morphological change, and the role of processing ...

Genitives in Early English: Typology and Evidence 2008, OUP Oxford, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199216680

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