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Address Pronouns in Late Middle English (2004)
Bergs, Alexander. 2004. “Address pronouns in late Middle English”. In: Alicia Rodríguez-Álvarez & Francisco Almeida Alonso (eds.). Voices on the past. Studies in Old and Middle English language and literature. Chicago, La Coruña: IPG/netbiblio. 127-138.
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Mood in English (2010)
Bergs, Alexander, Lena Heine. 2010. "Mood and Modality in English“. In: Rolf Thieroff & Björn Rothstein (eds.). Mood Systems in the Languages of Europe. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 103-117.
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The Role of Markedness... (2001)
Bergs, Alexander and Dieter Stein. 2001 “The Role of Markedness in the Actuation and Actualisation of Linguistic Change”. In: Henning Andersen (ed.). Actualization: Patterns of Linguistic Change. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: Benjamins. 79-94.
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I was just reading this article (2012)
Bergs, Alexander, Meike Pfaff, Thomas Hoffmann. 2012. “I was just reading this article – On the expression of Recentness and the English Past Progressive”. In: Aarts, Bas, Joanne Close, Geoffrey Leech and Sean Wallis (eds.). The English Verb Phrase: Corpus Methodology and Current Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 217-238.
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Spreading the Word (2006)
Bergs, Alexander. 2006. “Spreading the word: Patterns of diffusion in historical dialectology”. In: Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, Marjatta Palander, Esa Penttilä (eds). Topics in dialectal variation. Joensuu: Joensuu University Press. 5-30.
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Shall and shan't in contemporary English (2008)
Bergs, Alexander. 2008. “Shall and shan’t in contemporary English”. In: Graeme Trousdale, Nikolas Gisbourne (eds.). Constructional Explanations in English Grammar. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 113-144.
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Expressions of futurity in contemporary English (2010)
Bergs, Alexander. 2010. “Expressions of futurity in contemporary English: a constructional perspective”. English Language and Linguistics 14(2):217-38.
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The role of the individual (2006)
Bergs, Alexander. 2006 “Language Change and the Role of the Individual in Historical Social Network Analysis”. Logos and Language. Journal of General Linguistics and Language Theory. VI.2. 30-54.
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The Uniformitarian Principle and the Risk of Anachronisms
Bergs, Alexander. 2012. “The Uniformitarian Principle and the Risk of Anachronism”. In: Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy & Juan Camilo Conde-Sivestre (eds.) Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Blackwell. 80-98.
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Kognitive Poetik (2013)
Bergs, Alexander and Peter Schneck. 2013. “Kognitive Poetik”. In: Achim Stephan & Sven Walter (eds.). Handbuch Kommunikationswissenschaft. Stuttgart: Metzler. 518-522.
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Social Networks in pre-1500 Britain (2000)
Bergs, Alexander. 2000. “Social Networks in pre-1500 Britain: Problems, Prospects, Examples”. European Journal of English Studies. Special Issue on “Social Network Analysis and the History of English”, eds. Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Terttu Nevalainen, Luisella Caon. 4.3: 239-252.
Social Networks in Pre-1500 Britain.PDF
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Investigating Love Letters Across Time (2014)
Bergs, Alexander. 2014. “Investigating love letters across time: Some thoughts on metaphors, stylistic inertia, and meme theory“. In: Eva L. Wyss (ed.). Communication of Love. Mediatized Intimacy from Love Letters to SMS. Bielefeld: transcript, 165-180.
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There shall be Thinges thre (2005)
Bergs, Alexander. 2005. “‘Ther been Thinges thre, the whiche thynges troublen al this erthe’: The discourse-pragmatics of ‘demonstrative which’”. In: Janne Skaffari, Matti Peikola, Ruth Carroll, Risto Hiltunen, Brita Wårvik (eds.). Opening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: Benjamins. 259-277.
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What if one man's syntax... (2004)
Bergs, Alexander. 2004. “What if one man’s lexicon were another man’s syntax? A new approach to the history of relative who”. Folia Linguistica Historica 24: 93-109.
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When concepts clash (2008)
Bergs, Alexander. 2008. “When concepts clash”. In: Jürgen Schläger, Gesa Stedman (eds.). The Literary Mind. REAL -Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature Vol. 2.4. 61-67.
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Modern Scots (2005)
Bergs, Alexander. 2005. Modern Scots. 2nd edition, completely revised and updated. München, Newcastle: Lincom Europa (Languages of the World, Materials 242) (1st ed. 2001).
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