Text, Textsorte, Sprachgeschichte : englische Partizipial- und Gerundialkonstruktionen 1100 bis 1700 /
Thomas Kohnen.
Tübingen : Niemeyer, 2004.
xiv, 445 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Tübingen : Niemeyer, 2004.
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Originally presented as the author's thesis (Habilitationsschrift)--Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, 1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-436) and indexes.
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"The book is well-presented with several explanatory appendices providing further background information and referring the reader, among other things, to more detailed research data. A complex index at the end of the book allows for quick access of information from perspective of individual genres, texts and linguistic categories."Doris Schönefeld in: Anglia 1/2007
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The study describes the evolution of English participial and gerundial constructions in Middle English and early modern English, concentrating in the process on the function of text varieties in language change. Building on a detailed analysis of all the relevant constructions in six text varieties taken from a revised version of the Helsinki Corpus, the author demonstrates that the proliferation of the main construction types through text varieties takes place in an ordered sequence. The function of text varieties in language change is identified as that of a catalyst.

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