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Preachers’ Choice, or the Historical and Stylistic Development of the Uses of the Relatives in Medieval English Homilies

Preachers’ Choice, or the Historical and Stylistic Development of the Uses of the Relatives in Medieval English Homilies

By Akiko Ono

PhD Dissertation, Chiba University (2005)

Introduction:  The aim of this thesis is to provide examples of Old and early Middle English relatives in order to elucidate the system of English relatives in the transitional period between Old and Middle English. The transitional period demonstrates drastic changes in the whole pronominal system. The system of the relative does as well a nd I consider this period as the start of the modern relative system after great reorganisation of the pronominal sys tem. As will be seen, most of the characteristics of Present Day English relatives are already present in the transitional period. It is hoped that this study will reveal what is and is not essential to the system of the English relative and shed some light on studies of the relative system by examining texts composed or copied in the transitional period.

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