The Scots-Northern English continuum of marking noun plurality

Bugaj, J. (2001) The Scots-Northern English continuum of marking noun plurality. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 36, pp. 131-140.

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The aim of this paper is to present an analysis of nominal plural markers within the language continuum on both sides of the Solway-Tweed line in the period between the late 14th - early 16th centuries. The Scots - English border in the Middle English period certainly was an area of political tension and one could infer that in the linguistic domain certain mechanisms must have operated as well. For instance, one of the phenomena which seem to be natural in these socio-political circumstances, would be the strife to mark own identity also in language. However, one should avoid jump­ ing to conclusions in the case of Scots and its southern neighbour. In order to study grammatical features of the area it is necessary to incorporate its history in the analysis.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kopaczyk, Professor Joanna
Authors: Bugaj, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Studia Anglica Posnaniensia
Publisher:De Gruyter Open

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