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Volume 36, Issue 1


Pronoun innovation in Middle English

Rhona Alcorn
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Published Online: 2015-10-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flih-2015-0001


This paper reconsiders the history of two little-known third-person pronouns – 3pl. acc. his and 3sg. fem. acc. his – attested only during Middle English. Competing theories of their origins are evaluated and a novel account is proposed. The paper highlights an important gap in our understanding of the history of English oblique pronouns and supplies the most comprehensive description yet published of the distribution of these innovative forms.

Keywords: Middle English; pronouns; innovation; variation; LAEME


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Published Online: 2015-10-31

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Citation Information: Folia Linguistica, Volume 36, Issue 1, Pages 1–17, ISSN (Online) 1614-7308, ISSN (Print) 0165-4004, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flih-2015-0001.

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