The fourteen studies selected for this volume - all of them
peer-reviewed versions of papers presented at the 15th
International Conference on English Historical Linguistics 2008
(23-30 August) at the University of Munich - investigate syntactic
variation and change in the history of English from two
perspectives that are crucial to explaining language change, namely
the analysis of usage patterns and the social motivations of
language change. Documenting the way syntactic elements have
changed their combinatory preferences in fine-grained corpus
studies renders the opportunity to catch language change in actu. A
majority of studies in this book investigate syntactic change in
the history of English from this viewpoint using a corpus-based
approach, focusing on verbal constructions, modality and
developments in the English noun phrase. The book is of primary
interest to linguists interested in current research in the history
of English syntax. Its empirical richness is an excellent source
for teaching English Historical Syntax. Volume II to be announced
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