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To don uss tunnderrstanndenn: An examination of the use of infinitive complementation after causative DON in the "Ormulum"
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2006 (English)In: 'These things write I vnto thee...': Essays in honour of Bjørg Bækken, Novus Press, Oslo , 2006, 153-162 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The article discusses the contexts which favour the use of either of two syntactic variants, the bare infinitive and the to-infinitive, after the causative verb DON ('to make sb do sth') in the Middle English homily collection "Ormulum". The to-infinitive turns out to be favoured by the presence of a psychological verb after DON, whereas an abstract subject noun phrase strongly favours the use of the bare infinitive. Finally, the extensive changes from bare infinitives to to-infinitives in parts of the 12th-century manuscript (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 1) are considered in the light of the findings of the syntactic analysis.

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Novus Press, Oslo , 2006. 153-162 p.
Keyword [en]
Middle English, syntax, Ormulum
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17908ISBN: 978-82-7099-431-1OAI: diva2:184429
Available from: 2007-10-16 Created: 2007-10-16Bibliographically approved

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