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The conceptual structure of reflexivity in <i>The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle</i>, Manuscript E

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Abstract

The chapter views OE reflexive patterns with plain pronouns through the prism of the current cognitive linguistic research on Modern English reflexives in Kemmer (1993) and Talmy (2000). Under both approaches reflexivity is a conceptual relation, yet while Kemmer focuses on canonical reflexive situation types and the semantic roles of event participants, Talmy speaks of the actional content of a situation and personation, which, by and large, translate into the focus on the nature of the verb in the reflexive event. The analysis points out how the prototypical and less prototypical situation types in OE differ from their modern counterparts and lists Modern English cognates or equivalents of verbs that pattern with reflexives in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

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