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The Semantic Predecessors of Need in the History of English C750-1710 (Paperback)

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In the history of English at least five verbs have been found to mean ''need'' urfan, beurfan, need, behove and mister. By adopting a corpus-based approach, this book studies all of them diachronically, from the origins of the language (c.750) to the end of the early Modern English period (1710).Offers a detailed analysis of the meaning of these five verbs which have been found to mean ''need'', filling a gap in the literature on modality and shedding new light on grammaticalization theorySpans the period c.750 to 1710, adopting a corpus-based approach to study the verbs diachronicallyExplores the evolution of necessity meanings in English, identifying regular semantic changes and challenging some well-established statementsProvides a detailed grammaticalization analysis, paying attention to the different Present-Day-English modal classes, including marginal and emerging modals


Publisher Blackwell Pub
Mfg Part# 9781405192705
SKU 210677476
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1405192704
Release Date 4/8/2013
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0273
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Series Part 43
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