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The Definite Article in Old English: Evidence from Aelfric's Grammar

Allen, Cynthia


This chapter provides evidence bearing on the question of whether Old English (OE) had what can be called a 'definite article', a matter of considerable debate by scholars of the history of English, many of whom assume that the English definite article only arose in the Early Middle English period. This article looks at Aelfric's use of determiners in his grammar of Latin. Since Latin had no definite article, Aelfric's use of determiners in his translations of Latin sentences which lacked one...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-10
Type: Book chapter
DOI: 10.1017/9781108303576


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