Impersonal and reflexive uses of Middle English psych verbs under contact influence with Old French

Trips, Carola

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-595025
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Linguistics Vanguard
Volume: 6
Issue number: s2, Article 20
Page range: 1-14
Place of publication: Berlin ; New York, NY
Publishing house: De Gruyter Mouton
ISSN: 2199-174X
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Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Anglistik IV - Anglistische Linguistik/Diachronie (Trips 2006-)
Subject: 400 Language, linguistics
Keywords (English): Middle English , Old French , argument structure , Psych verbs , Reflexives
Abstract: This article discusses the relation between impersonal constructions and the reflexive use of psychverbs of theadmire-type (Levin 1993) copied from Old French to Middle English. The outset of the study is anobservation made by van der Gaaf (1904) which was commented on by Fischer (1992) concerning the reflexiveuse of verbs likeremembren(Old Frenchremembrer) in the course of the development of impersonal construc-tions to personal constructions. My aim is to answer the following questions: First, was the reflexive use ofverbs copied from Old French new to the Middle English system? Second, what is the syntactic and semanticrelation between ME impersonal and OF reflexive constructions? I will first examine the reflexive construc-tion in Old English and Old French to answer the first question. I will then deal with the second questiontaking a closer look at both constructions in Middle English. Supported by lexicon-based and corpus-basedsmall-scale studies of the psych verbremembrenI will provide an analysis of the syntactic and semantic properties of the verb in both constructions and show that what they have in common is an intransitive structurewhere the subject is anexperiencer, and middle semantics. I will finally address possible effects of languagecontact through translations, before I conclude.
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