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“Une grammaticalisation ratée ? Une étude diachronique de stand en anglais”

Abstract : This article discusses the different uses of the verb stand in earlier stages of the English language, based on data from the Oxford English Dictionary. While Modern English does not use the posture verbs all that much compared to the other Germanic languages where these verbs have become basic locative verbs, the older uses show that English stand (as well as the other posture verbs sit and lie) was used in a way quite similar to what is found in other Germanic languages today. In this paper, we present a cognitive lexical semantic analysis of these older uses and suggest three hypotheses that could possibly account for the disappearance (or rather, the non-grammaticalisation) of the English posture verbs.
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Maarten Lemmens. “Une grammaticalisation ratée ? Une étude diachronique de stand en anglais”. Anglophonia / Caliban - French Journal of English Linguistics, Presses universitaires du Midi, 2014, 18, ⟨10.4000/anglophonia.327⟩. ⟨halshs-01575743⟩



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