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The development of strengthened possessive pronouns in English

Allen, Cynthia


This paper investigates the developments of 'strengthened' possessives such as hers and hers (earlier her) through a fresh examination of a substantial number of Middle English texts. These forms are first found in North Midlands and West Midlands texts of the thirteenth century, with the later -n forms of Southeastern dialects representing dative case rather than true 'strengthened' possessives. While the -s forms developed in rather different ways, both resulted in a processing advantage, as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Language Sciences
DOI: 10.1016/S0388-0001(01)00028-6


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