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Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions: Verb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony

Ayumi Miura


Impersonal constructions in the history of English form a puzzling category, in that there has been uncertainty as to why some verbs are attested in such constructions while others are not, even though they look almost synonymous. This book tackles this under-discussed question in one of the most popular topics of English historical syntax, with special reference to verbs of emotion in Middle English. Through a careful study of the behaviour of impersonal and near-synonymous non-impersonal verbs, an attempt is made to identify factors that determined the presence, absence, and spread of impers ... More

Keywords: animacy, causation, emotion, Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, impersonal verbs, Middle English, Middle English Dictionary, psychology, psych-verbs, transitivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199947157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayumi Miura, author
Kansai Gaidai University, Japan