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dc.contributor.advisorvan Bergen, Linda
dc.contributor.authorChang, Chi-Fu
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-06T13:00:10Z
dc.date.available2012-07-06T13:00:10Z
dc.date.issued2011-11
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/6089
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation attempts to analyze the development of 'used to' through four historical corpora (the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English 2; the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English; A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers; and the Corpus of Late Modern English Texts, Extended Version). This study first focuses on the frequency of words in order to find any significant increase in the trend of 'used to'. The frequency of 'used to' with inanimate subjects and stative verbs is also searched for so as to provide evidence for grammaticalization, which other studies of semi-modal have shown. The aspects of 'used to' in negation and with personal subjects are also analyzed. However, because the results reveal that used to is a low frequency semi-modal, qualitative discussion about its grammaticalization is in need. In addition, the inconsistent system of negative forms of 'used to' is discussed as wellen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.subjectused toen
dc.subjectsemi-modalsen
dc.subjectgrammaticalizationen
dc.titleThe development of used toen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMastersen
dc.type.qualificationnameMSc Master of Scienceen
dcterms.accessRightsRestricted Accessen_US


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