Chapter published in:English Historical Linguistics 2008: Selected papers from the fifteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 15), Munich, 24-30 August 2008.. Volume I: The history of English verbal and nominal constructions
Edited by Ursula Lenker, Judith Huber and Robert Mailhammer
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 314] 2010
► pp. 197–214
Genitive variation in letters, history writing and sermons in Late Middle and Early Modern English
This paper analyzes genitive variation from about 1420 to 1640 in three genres, letters, history writing and sermons. The corpus material is selected from the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English, second edition (PPCME2), the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English (PPCEME) and the Corpus of Early English Correspondence (CEEC). The occurrences of the genitive variants, the sLgenitive and the ofLgenitive, are quantified and categorized according to the factors of possessor weight, topicality and genitive relation. The corpus analysis shows that these factors have a significant impact on genitive variation in all the genres. The analysis also shows that the genres differ significantly from each other. However, the study shows no clear change over time, neither within the genres nor over the period as a whole.
Published online: 28 October 2010
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