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Title: Regional variation in Jespersen's Cycle in Early Middle English
Authors: Walkden, George
Morrison, Donald Alasdair
Keywords: Middle English
language contact
corpus linguistics
Issue Date: Dec-2017
Citation: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 52.2(2017), pp.173-201
Abstract: In this paper we investigate the place of origin of the change from Jespersen’s Cycle stage II – bipartite ne + not – to stage III, not alone. We use the LAEME corpus to investigate the dialectal distribution in more detail, finding that the change must have begun in Northern and Eastern England. A strong effect of region and time period can be clearly observed, with certain linguistic factors also playing a role. We attribute the early onset of the change to contact with Scandinavian: North Germanic is known to have undergone Jespersen’s Cycle earlier in its history, and the geographical distribution of early English stage III fits neatly with the earlier boundaries of the Danelaw.
DOI: 10.1515/stap-2017-0007
ISSN: 0081-8272
Appears in Collections:Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 2017 vol. 52.2

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