Old English verbs of learning: Information and knowledge acquisition
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Keywords

alternations
constructions
Old English
verbs of learning

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Lacalle Palacios , M. . (2021). Old English verbs of learning: Information and knowledge acquisition. SELIM. Journal of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature., 26(1), 25-56. https://doi.org/10.17811/selim.26.2021.25-56

Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide an inventory of Old English verbs belonging to the class of learning on the grounds of their common semantic components and shared grammatical behavior. The framework of verb classes and alternations and Role and Reference Grammar provide the theoretical basis for this study. Both textual and lexicographical sources have been used to select the data for the analysis of the linking between semantics and syntax with these verbs. The main conclusion of the article is that, considering the constructions and alternations in which they are found in Old English, the verbs (ge)frignan, (ge)leornian, ofācsian, and onfindan are the best candidates for membership of the class of verbs of learning.

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