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Motion and the English Verb: A Diachronic Study

Judith Huber


This book is a study of how motion is expressed in medieval English. It provides extensive inventories of verbs used in intransitive motion meanings in Old and Middle English and discusses these in terms of the manner-salience of early English. It shows that also several non-motion verbs can receive contextual motion meanings through their use in the intransitive motion construction. In addition to this type-based analysis, the book also focuses on which verbs and structures are frequent in talking about motion: It analyses motion expression in selected Old and Middle English texts, showing th ... More

Keywords: motion verb, motion encoding typology, intransitive motion construction, Old English, Middle English, medieval French, language contact, borrowing, path verb, manner verb

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190657802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190657802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Huber, author
Institut fuer Englische Philologie