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Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal ConstructionsVerb Meaning and Syntax in Diachrony$
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Ayumi Miura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199947157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947157.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Middle English Verbs of Emotion and Impersonal Constructions

Ayumi Miura

Oxford University Press

The first chapter provides a careful examination of the overall research context, with special emphasis on different syntactic-semantic definitions and classifications of ‘impersonal constructions’ and ‘impersonal verbs’ in the history of English, and introduces the question to be tackled in the book: why some verbs occurred in impersonal constructions while their apparent near-synonyms did not. The period of investigation is set to Middle English, which has received less attention in previous studies than Old English. A proposal is also made to adopt insights from the literature of psych-verbs in modern languages, which are closely related to impersonal verbs of emotion but have not been discussed together so far. The chapter ends with an overview of the remaining five chapters of the book.

Keywords:   emotion, impersonal constructions, impersonal verbs, Middle English, near-synonyms, non-impersonal verbs, psych-verbs

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