By Jacek Fisiak, Marcin Krygier

This quantity comprises 28 papers from the ninth foreign convention in English ancient Linguistics, which came about in Poznan, Poland, in August 1996. The contributions conceal all facets of the historical past of the English language, together with: phonology; morphology; syntax; and lexicon.

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New York: Academic Press. Greenberg, Joseph H. 301-314. Harris, Alice. —Lyle Campbell 1995 Historical syntax in cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge: CUP. Heine, Bernd—Ulrike Claudi—Friederike Hünnemeyer 1991 Grammaticalization: A conceptual framework. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. —Elizabeth Closs Traugott 1993 Grammaticalization. Cambridge: CUP. ) 1996 Manual to the diachronic part of the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts: Coding conventions and lists of source texts. ) Helsinki: Department of English, University of Helsinki.

Thus, synthetic compounds are among the most transparent, and Marchand claims that such transparency makes synthetic compounds extremely productive (1969: 18). In Present-day English, almost all verbs can be made into nominals denoting either the agent or the action of the verb as in combinations like apple grower and interior decorator. Presumably the same converting processes were also readily available in Old English, and synthetic compounds would have been easy to form and interpret. D. by her account) (1992: 63).

Accordingly, our point of view will be (almost) exclusively form-oriented. 5 (3) a. N +lic eorblich 'earthly\freondlic 'friendly\flxsclic 'fleshly' b. A + lie ieoellic 'idle', blidelic 'blithe', deoplic 'deep', clxnlic 'clean' c. Present Part + lie (a)berendlich 'bearable', halsiendlic 'deprecable' d. Past Part + lie ungesawenlic 'invisible', unarimedlic 'uncountable' unasecgendlic untodeledlich e. V + lie unheorlic 'disobedient', unsehelic 'invisible' f. stem + lie luflich 'lovable', gelimplic 'suitable' 'unspeakable', 'indivisible', Group a.

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