Studies in the plural demonstratives in Middle English texts from the West Riding of Yorkshire

Yokota, Yumi (2006) Studies in the plural demonstratives in Middle English texts from the West Riding of Yorkshire. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The diachronic emergence of the demonstratives 'these' and 'those' resulted from numerous systemic adjustments at various levels of the English language (grammar, semantics etc.). Middle English texts written in the West Riding of Yorkshire demonstrate the complexity and variety of these adjustments, deriving from the area's unique topographical features and historical background. An examination of language systems in the West Riding and surrounding areas reveals the functional processes and pressures which produced and constrained this variation. Through this research, the author aims to explain the processes of language development over time from a variationist perspective, both in particular (as these processes affected the evolution of English demonstrative systems) and in general.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Supervisor's Name: Smith, Professor Jeremy J.
Date of Award: 2006
Depositing User: Adam Swann
Unique ID: glathesis:2006-79004
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 16:49
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 16:49
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/79004

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