Advances in English Historical Linguistics by Jacek Fisiak, Marcin Krygier
By Jacek Fisiak, Marcin Krygier
This quantity comprises 28 papers from the ninth overseas convention in English ancient Linguistics, which came about in Poznan, Poland, in August 1996. The contributions conceal all elements of the heritage of the English language, together with: phonology; morphology; syntax; and lexicon.
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Lett. ii. 39 1. v. please, v. ", as in: (12) My Lord I cannot be so soone prouided,/ Please you deliberate a day or two. 73) Sometimes it was the second-person pronoun rather than to that was omitted: (13) Please to bespeak something else, I have every thing in the House. (EModE3 COME FARQUHAR 7) When to and the second-person pronoun were both dropped, we get sentences like (14), which is the earliest instance of this use of please cited in the OED: (14) Please entitle S. only Bart. (1711 Hearne, Collect.
Category-membership can only be determined with the help of semantic information about the derivatives (which are always modal). An additional aspect of the topic has been purposefully excluded from the data and left out of the discussion altogether and that is the role of LIC in adverb formation. As there is no way I can do justice to this issue in a few paragraphs I simply would like to point out that adverbial -lice cannot categorically be excluded from the domain of LIC, although in the present article I am following exactly that line.
100) In (20) the z/-clause functions as the protasis of a conditional sentence, while in (21) and (22) its variants have become merely expressions of deference. When its sense of conditionality was lost, if]and it like you also underwent formal reduction. " "Ye, and lyke your lordship here they be". (EModEl ΒΙΑ MOWNTAYNE 208) The degrammaticalization of addressee-satisfaction conditionals 29 Except for if you like, if it like you and its variants did not survive Early Modern English. In the Helsinki Corpus iß and it like you is quite common in EModEl (as common as ifland it please you), rare in EModE2, and non-existent in EModES.