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Motion and the English VerbA Diachronic Study$
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Judith Huber

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190657802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190657802.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Motion and the English Verb

Judith Huber

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 introduces the major research questions pursued in the book: (a) To investigate motion expression in Old and Middle English, with a focus both on what is possible and what is frequent. It will be shown that, like Present-Day English, early English is strongly satellite-framing and can use a wide range of manner verbs and non-motion verbs to express motion. (b) To study the semantic and syntactic integration in Middle English of a range of pure path verbs (e.g. entrer, issir) borrowed from French, which are semantically unusual in the native system of talking about motion. The structure of the book is outlined with an overview of the remaining chapters.

Keywords:   motion expression, Old English, Middle English, satellite-framing, loan verb, syntax, semantics

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