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By Ekkehard Konig, Johan van der Auwera

Offers a distinct, updated survey of twelve Germanic languages from English and German to Faroese and Yiddish.

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Can retained main-verb houses into the 19th century). Periphrastic Verbs the center English interval will be characterised as one who witnessed the advance of a couple of periphrastic verb varieties to precise modality and point. we will first flip our recognition to the so known as quasi-modals, the set of periphrastic structures complementing the middle modals and happening in main-verb contexts (i. e. they've got usual demanding oppositions and ensue in non-finite forms): be going to, be capable of, need to. mostly, those 3 kinds bought a few modal meanings throughout the previous English or early center OLD AND center ENGLISH a hundred thirty English interval. This modal which means used to be consolidated throughout the heart English interval, in order that the periphrases will be followed in main-verb contexts while the center modals had built as particular auxiliaries. Be going to originates in previous English gangan 'go'. it always talked about circulate in a few course, however it may be through an infinitive or gerund of function, and in such contexts its that means comes just about the trendy English futural that means: ic geongo to cunnanne da ilea Ί am going to discover that out' (lit. Ί visit recognize the same'). This use used to be consolidated within the center English interval, and was once on hand to be used in these contexts requiring a primary verb to specific modal destiny that means. be capable of has been hired with a modal experience expressing skill from the time that it used to be borrowed from French. Examples of this use are available from the fourteenth century, e. g. feithful males, which schuln be additionally in a position to teche different males. even if have ... to was once predominantly possessive in outdated English, it received a modal feel of legal responsibility particularly early, cf. haefst pu seceras to engennel 'do you will have fields to plough/have to plough fields' (lit. 'have you fields to plough'). Even in early center English, examples are available the place the which means of legal responsibility predominates: early thirteenth-century pu a hest ... to witen hit 'you continually need to understand it'. This use was once consolidated throughout the center English interval, and made need to a primary candidate for expressing legal responsibility as well as needs to. one other modal periphrasis to be pointed out here's is/are/were to in its modal that means of obligation/destination. This improvement is identical to that of the quasi-modals: the seeds of modal that means are there in previous English and increase extra firmly in center English, cf. OEng. se pearfa ... pe mid pe is to cumene to engla gebeorscipe which has attainable meanings while translated, 'the terrible person who is with you to return to the ceremonial dinner of the angels/ who's to come back with you to the ceremonial dinner of the angels' (lit. 'the needy person who with you is to return to the angels' feast'); early MEng. ic wot alpat to cumen is Ί be aware of all that's to come'; past due MEng. he wist what he was once to do 'he knew what he was once to do'. Is/are/were to differs from the quasi-modals in a single vital recognize: it got here for use as a finite verb simply, just like the center modals. The innovative shape previous English doesn't have a completely grammaticalized aspectual distinction: revolutionary element was once (optionally) expressed via a sort of be by way of the current participle with -ende.

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