Readership: Scholars and students of Middle English in particular and the history of English in general.
Cynthia L. Allen, Australian National University
"Allens detailed and well-argued account of the development of genitives in early English is an important contribution to the history of possessive constructions in Germanic languages." - Östen Dahl Stockholm University
"Allen's book is remarkable for the breadth of its coverage, its in-depth analysis of English genitive constructions in their development and change, its wealth of information, and for its generalizations regarding the nature and mechanisms of language change. Above all, the originality of her approach, which combines empirical research, theoretical discussion and a diachronic and comparative perspective of analysis, enables Allen to analyse English genitive constructions from a new and illuminating perspective.
In summary, this book is a must for readers who want a complete overview of the topic and for those who want to carry out further research on genitives." - Letizia Vezzosi, University of Perugia, in English Language and Linguistics
1: Genitive Case and the Typology of Case Marking
2: Genitive Case and the Germanic Languages: Overview
3: Genitive Case in Old English
4: Genitive Case in Middle English
5: The Possessor Doubling Constructions in the Germanic Languages
6: The Separated Genitive in English
7: Determiners and Possessives