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dc.contributor.advisorLos, Bettelou
dc.contributor.authorColleran, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-28T10:20:44Z
dc.date.available2014-03-28T10:20:44Z
dc.date.issued2013-11-27
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/8644
dc.description.abstractPronouns in Old English (OE) display striking differences from full noun phrases (NPs), maintaining Subject-Order syntax and failing to invert in situations where we would expect inversion in a Germanic language. This paper takes advantage of that asymmetry between OE NPs and pronouns to investigate the relationship, whose origins remain undetermined, between OE and its nearest linguistic relative, Old Frisian (OFr). A newly available OFr text, Apographa, is studied using a combination of corpus linguistics and traditional methods to determine whether pronouns in OFr share the behaviour of their OE counterparts in certain contexts, including fronting (topicalization) of various constituents. An in-depth investigation into the indefinite OFr pronoun ma ‘one, someone’, which in OE shows its own asymmetries within the NP/pronoun division, offers further insight into the divisions between NPs and types of pronouns, the OFr contexts in which they are investigated, and to what extent OE and OFr share these features. The relationship between OE and OFr has primarily been explored from a phonological perspective to date, and a new, syntactic approach is especially timely in light of recent archaeological finds that raise questions about Frisian identity and make scholars reconsider the nature of the link between English and Frisian.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen_US
dc.relation.hasversionColleran, R. (2013). The weight of the evidence: Evaluating claims of Anglo-Frisian. Unpublished paper. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.en_US
dc.subjectOld Frisianen_US
dc.subjectOld Englishen_US
dc.subjectmaen_US
dc.subjectpronounsen_US
dc.subjectindefinite pronounsen_US
dc.subjecttopicalizationen_US
dc.title'Someone' to Love: An Investigation into OFr Pronouns with Special Attention to Maen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.relation.referencesvan Bergen, L. (2003). Pronouns and word order in Old English with particular reference to the indefinite pronoun man. Hampshire: Routledge.en_US
dc.relation.referencesKoopman, W. (1998). Inversion after single and multiple topics in Old English. In J. Fisiak and Marcin Krygier (Eds.), Advances in English historical linguistics (pp. 135-150). Berlin/New York, NY: Mouton de Gruyter.en_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelMastersen_US
dc.type.qualificationnameMSc Master of Scienceen_US
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