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Relative Clauses in Ælfric’s Catholic Homilies: a quantitative study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this degree project has been to examine, analyze and describe which intra-linguistic factors influence how relative clauses are formed in Old English.

The key to successfully performing the task of identifying which factors influences the relative causes is to examine how these factors are distributed among the relative clauses in the text. The main focus of this investigation thus was to investigate how the grammatical features of the antecedents of the relative clauses in Old English were distributed. By analyzing a text sample of the work of the Old English writer Ælfric, taken from the Dictionary of Old English Corpus at the University of Toronto, also known as the Toronto Corpus, several features of the antecedent will ideally become evident as influencing factors.

The relative clauses that are found to be relevant for this investigation in the Ælfric text sample have been categorized and analyzed in order to identify any grammatical pattern that could indicate which factors influence how relative clauses in Old English are formed. The findings have been analyzed according to quantitative and statistical principles, and the chi-square test has been employed to verify the statistical significance of these findings. By doing this some linguistic factors have been verified as influencing factors.

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2008. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Old English, antecedent, relative clause, boundary marking strategy, case marking strategy, combination strategy, the indeclinable particle þe, demonstrative pronoun, contingency table, statistically significant, Ælfric, Catholic homilies.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7361OAI: diva2:198122
Available from: 2008-02-08 Created: 2008-02-08Bibliographically approved

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