The Synchronic and Diachronic Syntax of the English Verb-Particle Combination
This study offers an analysis of the historical development of the English verbparticle combination. The synchronic part of the book presents a detailed description of the Present-Day English verb-particle combination and proposes a lexical decomposition analysis of the data. In this analysis, which explains the syntactic, semantic and morphological characteristics of Present-Day English verb-particle combinations, particles are ambiguous between phrase and head.
The diachronic part of the book focuses on the transitional period from Old to Middle English. It provides a detailed account of the properties of the Old English separable complex verb and its successor, the Middle English verbparticle combination. Old English particles are shown to be phrases acting as secondary predicates, and it is argued that the evidence for head status increases from Middle English onwards. The shift to postverbal particles is explained by the lexical decomposition analysis in combination with an existing word order account. The diachronic part of the book also contains a case study on verb movement in Middle English and a case study on the role of language contact with Old Norse in the shift to postverbal particles.
The descriptive and theoretical components of the synchronic and diachronic analysis are presented in separate chapters throughout the book.
The Synchronic and Diachronic Syntax of the English Verb-Particle Combination is of interest to linguists working on the English verb-particle combination, the transitional period from Old to Middle English, verbmovement in Middle English, OV/VO, the syntax-morphology interface and grammaticalisation.