Verbs of Implicit Negation and their Complements in the History of English

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<strong>For sale in all countries except Japan. For customers in Japan: please contact Yushodo Co. </strong>The principal focus of this book concerns various shifts of complements which verbs of implicit negation (e.g. <i>forbid</i>, <i>forbear</i>, <i>avoid</i>, <i>prohibit</i>, and <i>prevent</i>) have experienced in the history of English. <i>Forbid</i>, for example, was once followed by <i>that</i>-clauses, while in contemporary English it is in usual cases followed by <i>to</i>-infinitives except in the fixed form <i>God forbid</i> <i>that</i> … Although a number of English verbs have undergone similar syntactic changes, the paths they have selected in their historical development are not always the same. Unlike <i>forbid</i>, the verb <i>prevent</i> is now followed by gerunds often with the preposition <i>from</i>. This book describes some of the most representative paths followed by different verbs of implicit negation and reveals the major complement shifts that have occurred throughout the history of English. It will be of particular interest to researchers and students specializing in English linguistics, historical linguistics, and corpus linguistics.

Subjects: Germanic linguistics; Theoretical linguistics; Syntax; Semantics; English linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Kyoto University

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