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THE PREPOSITIONAL PLURAL IN THE AB LANGUAGE

George B. Jack
Neuphilologische Mitteilungen
Vol. 82, No. 2 (1981), pp. 175-180
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43345689
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THE PREPOSITIONAL PLURAL IN THE AB LANGUAGE
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Abstract

It has been maintained that in the Middle English 'AB language' the plural inflexion -es, when ased on some nouns dependent on a preposition, arose by analogy with the genitive inflexion -es. But the irguments for this are not strong, and I suggest that -es in prepositional use should simply be seen as a generalization of the inflexion originating in the nominative and accusative plural. In the course of the discussion I offer a new explanation of the form dahene in the phrase don ut of dahene.

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