The Semantic Predecessors of Need in the History of English (c.750-1710), Paperback Book

The Semantic Predecessors of Need in the History of English (c.750-1710) Paperback

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Description

In the history of English at least five verbs have been found to mean 'need': purfan, bepurfan, need, behove and mister.

By adopting a corpus-based approach, this book studies all of them diachronically, from the origins of the language (c.750) to the end of the early Modern English period (1710). Offers a detailed analysis of the meaning of these five verbs which have been found to mean 'need', filling a gap in the literature on modality and shedding new light on grammaticalization theory Spans the period c.750 to 1710, adopting a corpus-based approach to study the verbs diachronically Explores the evolution of necessity meanings in English, identifying regular semantic changes and challenging some well-established statements Provides a detailed grammaticalization analysis, paying attention to the different Present-Day-English modal classes, including marginal and emerging modals

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 292 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical & comparative linguistics
  • ISBN: 9781405192705

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