The Historical Development of Composite Predicates, Phrasal Verbs, and Related Constructions in English
Author: Meiko Matsumoto
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 4204English offers verbal expressions in two basic forms: simple verbs such as "walk" and "look," and periphrastic expressions such as "have"/"take a walk" and "have"/"take a look." Which do we use, why, and how do particular usages arise or disappear? This volume explores the historical development of two important periphrastic verbal constructions, composite predicates and phrasal verbs, as well as related expressions, from the viewpoint of English historical linguistics. The approach is descriptive and interpretive, encompassing rich and varied data from Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, Late Modern English, and Present Day English, from sources such as the Chadwyck-Healey electronic corpus databases. The history of English is characterized by the development from synthetic to analytic. The role of this tendency in the development of verbal expressions is of particular interest.