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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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Problems with historical data

Problems with historical data

(p.47) Chapter 3 Problems with historical data
Motion and the English Verb

Judith Huber

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 discusses the challenges presented by the historical data used in the study and how they are dealt with in the book: (a) the evidence, particularly for Old English, is limited and does not represent the genres and registers normally used in motion-encoding typology studies; (b) establishing the decontextualized meaning of verbs from earlier stages of a language can be problematic, including in view of the highly detailed entries in period dictionaries, which aim at listing all the contextualized meanings of a verb. Exemplary analyses illustrate how this problem is approached in the present study in comparison to previous works.

Keywords:   Old English, Middle English, genre, register, contextualized meaning, decontextualized meaning, motion verb

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