Causative habban in Old English: Tracing the Development of a Budding Construction

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The construction studied in this article represents indirect passive causation (cf. the corresponding Present-Day English construction of the type I had my shoes repaired. The entire habban material found in the Dictionary of Old English Corpus yields 19 (20) causative habban instances. After a look at the diachronic and dialectal breakdown of the data, the discussion focuses on syntactic and semantic features of the construction. The article concludes with a discussion of the origin of the construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative Studies in Early Germanic Languages : With a focus on verbal categories
EditorsGabriele Diewald, Leena Kahlas-Tarkka and Ilse Wischer
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)9789027206053
ISBN (Electronic) 9789027271457
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on English Historical Linguistics - Pécs, Hungary
Duration: 1 Jan 1800 → …
Conference number: 16

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