Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony

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Impersonal constructions in the history of English form a puzzling category, in that there has been uncertainty as to why some verbs are attested in such constructions while others are not, even though they look almost synonymous. In this book, Ayumi Miura tackles this under-discussed question with special reference to verbs of emotion in Middle English. Through a careful study of the behaviour of impersonal and near-synonymous non-impersonal verbs, she identifies the factors that determined the presence, absence, and ...

Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony 2014, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780199947157

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