An Historical Syntax of the English Language

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Brill Archive, 1984 - 657 páginas
The aim of this study is to provide an outline of the development, from the earliest times to the present day, of all the English syntatical constructions with a verbal form as their nucleus. Professor Visser's description is based on a very extensive collection of documentary material covering every kind of writing in prose and poetry in the Old, Middle and Modern periods, drawing on quotations illustrating syntactical phenomena in Bosworth & Toller, O.E.D., M.M.E.D., E.D.D., and D.O.S.T., but also making reference to obsolete usages not found in any grammar, and to the views of English and American grammarians of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries on the various syntactical constructions. The volumes of this work originally appeared in the early sixties and seventies and were well received by readers and reviewers. Volumes 1 and 2 underwent correction in the light of these early reactions. We should like to think that this work will continue to be available to the scholarly world without great increases in the price. We are however only reprinting the individual volumes in small numbers, and so we have decided that in order to guarantee a consistent reprint and pricing policy for the future, the work should be available henceforth only as a set of four volumes.
 

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CHAPTER FIVE
661
Type Folke called vpon hym you fall you fall 732
684
Type I insisted that they remain here 741
692
After þat I arise versus after that I shall have arisen 755
702
Present tense in narratives as a variant of the Preterite 76079 705
726
Type Ruskin turns for encouragement to Byron 785
732
Type sume cwadon he is crist 8212
771
Type Clene religion is helpen widuwen 917
1026
THE SPLIT INFINITIVE
1035
An adverb of time or place between to and its infinitive 980
1041
Type Brennende fyre soukynge childryn 1043 1102
1043
Type He find pleasure in doing good No my dear 985
1048
Type Swedish Foreign Minister To Quit 991
1054
Type Be ye redy To al my lust And never ye to gruch iť 993
1056
CHAPTER NINE
1065

Type Seiden that thes man hath not don ony thing worthi deeth 8268
779
Independent Indirect Reporting 833
785
Type þis ilk bok es translated in to Inglis 794 740
794
Type Si Gode lof 841
796
He arrived this evening versus he has arrived this evening
800
Type Cume se blinda to me 846
802
I never heard such at hing versus I have never heard such a thing
807
Type Ciricsceattas sin agifene be sce Martines mæssan SS 8479
810
Type I would he was here
814
Subject Clauses 8638
825
Type He næfde hwanon he hyt agulde 875
856
Adverbial Clauses SS 87795
861
In adverbial clauses 81920
870
Final
877
CHAPTER EIGHT
942
THE INFINITIVE AS SUBJECT
948
Type She wepte that pity was to here 902
954
Type It is nat good for to take the breed of sonys 909
960
Type It was semely to be for to folowe swych a rowte 913
966
Type All we can do is wish each other a Happy New Year 918
972
Type A figure of thynges to come 927
980
Type Fame did me the favour as to publish it presently 933
986
Type He was an easy man to yeve penaunce 941
993
Type He bore his sword to the cutlers to grinde 947
999
Type He was a shrewed chamberlein So to beguile a worthi queene 954
1005
Type Would you not suppose Your bondage happy to be made a Queene? 956
1007
961
1012
Type He was not man enough to confess the tuth 962
1013
THE INFINITIVE AFTER AND THAN BUT
1020
Development of the various endings 101931
1079
Confusion in spelling of endings in Middle English 102730
1089
THE FORM IN ING AS SUBJECT
1098
Type Bestys crepeand canduls brennyng 1044
1105
Type Fallyng evil walking stick 1047 III2
1115
THE FORM IN ING AFTER COPULA
1122
Type The tree is passynge hyghe 1059
1128
THE DANGLING OR MISRELATED ADJUNCT
1140
THE ABSOLUTE ING ADJUNCT
1147
Type His hat being blown off his head chanced to fall into the court 1085
1160
Type Its a curious thing your saying thať 10924
1168
Type I hope its all right me coming in 1102
1182
Type Restrayne yow of vengence taking SS 110814
1190
Type His lovemaking struck us as unconvincing 1117
1196
Type Wenches sitt in the shade singing of ballads 1121
1203
The reading the book versus the reading of the book 1124
1210
Type Pending the result I want you to remain 1125
1217
CHAPTER
1223
Past participle equivalent to form in ing 1130
1231
Type The wishedfor day had arrived 1136
1237
Type A pore man in clothis rent 1140
1244
Type He was worried a little 1145
1250
Type Thus repulsed our final hope is that despair 1149
1258
Middle English SS 11523
1264
Preceded by preposition 1156
1278
Type Us wanted nowþer baken ne roste 1160
1284
Adverbial use of ago 1165
1290
THE PAST PARTICIPLE USED INDEPENDENTLY
1296
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