중세영어 for-to-부정사의 지역적 분포와 역사적 변천
The Geographical Distribution and Historical Development of For-To-Infinitives in Middle English
Whereas the for-to-infinitive is ungrammatical in Modern Standard English, it was widely used in Middle English. This paper aims to examine dialectal distributions of the for-to-infinitive in Middle English on the basis of the diachronic part of the Helsinki Corpus. It is found that the for-to-infinitive was first used in the West Midland Dialect at the beginning of the Middle English period and then spread into the rest of England from the late thirteenth century. The frequency marks its peak in the late fourteenth and the early fifteenth centuries and begins to decrease from the middle of the fifteenth century onward. However, the abrupt decrease starts from the beginning of the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Early Modern English period. These findings, different from Mustanoja (1960), will contribute to the new understanding of the for-to-infinitive.
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