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This publication brings jointly a couple of likely unique phenomena within the heritage of English: the advent of precise reflexive pronouns (e.g. myself), the lack of verbal contract and pro-drop, and the disappearance of morphological Case. It offers enormous numbers of examples from previous and heart English texts exhibiting someone break up among first, moment, and 3rd individual pronouns. Extending an research by Read more...

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Kornfilt (1991) argues that Old Turkish lacks a D and Philippi (1997) argues that indefinites do not have a DP in Early Germanic. The position of adjectives is controversial as well: should the adjective appear in SpecNP or as a separate FC? In Old English (and Modern German, Dutch, Swedish, to name but a few), adjectives have either definite or indefinite endings depending on whether or not they are preceded by no 24 INTRODUCTION article or a definite one. The structure could therefore be as in (43), with the adjective moving to D if there is no article or if the article is indefinite: (43) DP D NP A grimne fierce N gripe attack ‘the fierce attack’ (Beowulf, l.

2)). “Early, too, was the use of pronoun + self after prepositions” (cf. (3)); “[i]t seems, however, to have taken some time before self was added to the reflexive pronouns me(c), þe, eow, us, him, hie, hine, etc” (cf. g. Beowulf, Cædmon’s Hymn, Genesis, Exodus, Christ & Satan, Deor, Juliana”. Visser (1963: 420) mentions that by the time of King Alfred, the reflexive is often followed by ‘self’. ’ (Visser 1963: 423) However, as I will show below, the use of ‘self’ added to a reflexive accusative pronoun is perhaps earlier than Visser states.

Cases of ‘self’ modifying first and second person reflexives also occur. They are listed as (87) to (92). ’ 8. Both Krapp & Dobbie (1936) and Mackie (1934) mention that mec occurs in the manuscript. They have ‘corrected’ it to me in the edition. ’ In conclusion, the possibly reflexive use of ‘self’ in Junius and Exeter differs in that in the latter manuscript ‘self’ can reinforce a reflexive pronoun in direct object as well as in prepositional object position. Another difference is that the specially marked accusative (mec) can be used reflexively, presumably because it is still a regularly used form, unlike in Beowulf.

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