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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Chapter 9 - Misreading and Language Change: A Foray into Qualitative Historical Linguistics

from Part II - Approaches to Constructions and Constructional Change

Summary

David Denison’s ‘minigraph’ contribution to volume IV of the Cambridge History of the English Language (Denison 1998, CHEL IV) is widely acknowledged as a landmark achievement in the study of late Modern English (lModE) syntax. Denison himself introduced it as a ‘provisional’ survey of relatively unexplored territory: ‘syntactic change in late Modern English is only just beginning to get its share of serious scholarly attention’ (1998: 92).

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