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Alcorn, Rhona

Works: 8 works in 28 publications in 1 language and 3,056 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Editor, Author, Collector, Other
Classifications: PE131, 429
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Most widely held works by Rhona Alcorn
An introduction to Old English by Richard M Hogg( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an accessible overview of the principal linguistic features of Old English. It is designed for students who have not studied the earliest stages of the language and should provide a basis for more comprehensive study of the history of English to the present day
Comparative Germanic syntax : the state of the art by Peter Ackema( )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 23rd and 24th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop held at the University of Edinburgh and the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussels. The contributions provide new perspectives on several topics of current interest for syntactic theory on the basis of comparative data from a wide range of Germanic languages. Among the theoretical and empirical issues explored are various ellipsis phenomena, the internal structure of the DP, the syntax-morphology interface, the syntax-semantics interface, Binding Theory, various diachronic developmen
Historical dialectology in the digital age by Rhona Alcorn( )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on the resources created by the Institute of Historical Dialectology at the University of Edinburgh (now the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics), such as eLALME (the electronic version A Linguistic Atlas of Late Medieval English), LAEME (A Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English) and LAOS (A Linguistic Atlas of Older Scots), this volume illustrates how traditional methods of historical dialectology can benefit from new methods of data-collection to test out theoretical and empirical claims. In showcasing the results that these resources can yield in the digital age, the book highlights novel methods for presenting, mapping and analysing the quantitative data of historical dialects, and sets the research agenda for future work in this field. Bringing together a range of distinguished researchers, the book sets out the key corpus-building strategies for working with regional manuscript data at different levels of linguistic analysis including syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology. The chapters also show the ways in which the geographical spread of phonological, morphological and lexical features of a language can be used to improve our assessment of the geographical provenance of historical texts."--
Pronouns, prepositions and probabilities : a multivariate study of Old English word order by Rhona Alcorn( )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is widely accepted that Old English personal pronouns often turn up in 'special' positions, i.e. positions in which functionally equivalent nominals rarely, if ever, appear. Leading theories of Old English syntax (e.g. van Kemenade 1987, Pintzuk 1991, 1996, Hulk & van Kemenade 1997, Kroch & Taylor 1997) account for the syntax of specially placed pronouns in different ways, but all treat special placement as a freely available option. Focusing on pronominal objects of prepositions in particular, this thesis shows, firstly, that current theories fail to account for the variety of special positions in which these pronouns appear and argues that at least three special positions must be recognised. The central concern of this thesis, however, is whether special placement is the freely available option that leading theories assume. Drawing on evidence from a number of descriptive studies of the syntax of pronominal objects of prepositions (e.g. Wende 1915, Taylor 2008, Alcorn 2009), statistical evidence is presented to show that, in a number of contexts, the probability of special placement is either too high or else too low to be plausibly ascribed to free variation. The thesis explores the linguistic basis of each of the statistically significant parameters identified, finding answers in some cases and intriguing puzzles in others
Historical dialectology in the digital age( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Introduction to Old English by Rhona Alcorn( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Keeping it in the family : disentangling contact and inheritance in closely related languages by Rebecca Anne Bills Colleran( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An Introduction to Old English (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) by Richard Hogg( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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