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Kousuke Kaita: Modal Auxiliaries from Late Old to Early Middle English

Kousuke Kaita

Modal Auxiliaries from Late Old to Early Middle English

With Special Reference to āgan, sculan, and mōtan

Why do Modern English modal auxiliaries ought to, should, and must, meaning OBLIGATION, occur in the present tense, yet their forms are in the preterite? Why does to accompany ought? One of the solutions to these questions is to look at the history of the English language. This monograph deals with the history of ought to, should, and must, which are of different syntactic and semantic origins: ought to stems from a main verb of Old English āgan ‘to have’ (POSSESSION) along with to; should derives from sculan ‘must’ with its ‘deviation’ to shall, and mōtan originates in ‘to be allowed to’ (PERMISSION). The work concentrates on the transition from Old English (700-1100) to Middle English (1100-1500), which is a crucial period in the history of the English language. Topics addressed include the linguistic review of modality, the philological reading of primary texts, and the occasional reference to the other Germanic languages.

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  • broschiert: 218 Seiten
    Format: 20,5 x 14,5
    ISBN 978-3-8316-4378-3
    Erschienen: 16.04.2015

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    Format: 20,5 x 14,5
    ISBN 978-3-8316-7124-3
    Erschienen: 17.04.2015

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Über den Autor

Kousuke Kaita, born in 1983, studied English philology and linguistics at Chiba University, Japan (MA), and at the University of Munich, Germany (PhD). His research interests include medieval English syntax and Germanic philology. Currently he is a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

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