Internal and External Factors in Syntactic Change

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Recommend to your Librarian. Bettelou Los. Aimed at advanced students, this book discusses a number of approaches to charting the major developments in the syntax of English. It does not assume any knowledge of Old or Middle English or of formal syntax, although students should be familiar with traditional syntactic concepts such as verbs and nouns, subjects and objects, and linguistic concepts such as morphology and case.

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Bettelou Los draws on explanations from both formal and functional approaches to explore how syntactic changes are the product of the interaction of many internal and external factors. This broad perspective of historical syntax incorporating findings of current research into the discourse factors motivating syntactic change makes this book an outstanding accomplishment.

It is entirely appropriate for its target audience, i. This book will be an indispensable textbook on English historical syntax for many years to come. This textbook is a remarkable accomplishment: a very accessible combination of formal and descriptive approaches to syntactic change in English, incorporating the latest research. Unlike traditional accounts, it pays copious attention to discourse-pragmatic factors in syntactic change.

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An excellent set of exercises is included at the end of each chapter. You must log in or register to request an inspection copy. Elspeth Edelstein. This chapter examines the change that contributes to the extension of inflected infinitives to the complement of Exceptional Case Marking ECM verbs from the sixteenth century on. The chapter is organized in six sections.

Section This is a relevant matter because it was the existence of the ECM structure that made room for the emergence of the inflected infinitive in the clausal complements of ECM verbs. It discusses how the change also affected raising and control verbs.

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