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The Evolution of Modalized Have Constructions 1350-1640

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Authors
Kim, JeongYoon
Issue Date
2006
Publisher
Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Linguistics and Language 5, 26-47
Keywords
auxiliary verbal group; grammatcalization; modal auxiliaries; modal types; reanalysis
Abstract
Extended verbal groups with multiple auxiliaries have been a focus of grammaticalization study. An investigation through Helsinki Corpus reveals distributional development of each modal concerning modal + Have constructions from mid-14th to mid-17th century. An uneven distribution among modals and verbal group classes as well as unacceptable constructions in respect of Present Day English are most salient observations. Such gradual standardization process can be interpretable in the light of grammaticalization, but the unbalance between modals in the historical process cannot be explained away by morphosyntactic regularization but calls for analysis into semantic weights they carry.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/2049
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.05 (2006)
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