AElfric's Homilies and Incipient Typological Change in the 12th Century English Word-formation


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The present paper offers an empirical probe into a selection of these texts – three homilies by AElfric of Eynsham and their Early Middle English copies in a collation. The aim of the probe is to trace symptoms of incipient typological change in the word-formation by comparing the originals and the extant copies of the three homilies that stand about 150 years apart. The change is assessed within the framework of the Prague School Typology as developed primarily by Vladimír Skalička, Petr Sgall and Jaroslav Popela for the morphological level, with the main emphasis on word-formation in relation to the slowly changing structure of the English vocabulary.


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