This article is based largely on parts of chapter 4 of my doctoral dissertation (Alcorn 2011), funding for which was provided by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. I would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers of TPhS for commenting so positively and constructively on an earlier version of this paper.
Distribution of Variants of Old English by, for, between†
Version of Record online: 15 APR 2013
© The author 2013. Transactions of the Philological Society © The Philological Society 2013
Transactions of the Philological Society
Volume 112, Issue 1, pages 80–96, March 2014
How to Cite
Alcorn, R. (2014), Distribution of Variants of Old English by, for, between. Transactions of the Philological Society, 112: 80–96. doi: 10.1111/1467-968X.12010
- Issue online: 25 FEB 2014
- Version of Record online: 15 APR 2013
This paper attempts to systematise the distribution of variant forms of the Old English prepositions by, for and between. Using evidence from the variable positioning of their object personal pronouns, I argue that by and for each have two prosodically conditioned allomorphs; one that is phonologically dependent on its object (like French de ‘of’ as in Jean a beaucoup d'argent ‘John has lots of money’) and another that is not. Patterns in the distribution of variant forms of between have previously been noted but remain partially unexplained. I offer a novel analysis of the tendency for personal pronouns to occur to the left rather than the right of betweonum and of the tendency to use that particular variant of between when its complement is a personal pronoun.