Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 April 2019

232 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190917579

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Categoriality in Language Change

The Case of the English Gerund

Lauren Fonteyn

Oxford Studies in the History of English

  • Presents the first serious attempt to set out a functional-semantic definition of diachronic transcategorial shift between the major classes noun/nominal and verb/clause
  • Shows that the diachronic processes of nominalization and verbalization also involve functional changes through a theoretical model of "functional-semantic categoriality," applied to the history of the English gerund
  • Showcases the fascinating history of the English gerund