R: Re: Degrees of volition inactivelanguages(wasRe:Chevraqis: asketch)
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 13, 2000, 23:32|
"Thomas R. Wier" wrote:
> Well, I had been under the impression that lack of do-support was a
> somewhat artificial, archaic usage that still then obtained only in some
> parts of Britain.
Actually, do-support didn't completely win out until the 18th century.
When Shakespeare was writing, lack of do-support was still fairly
common, according to one source (a textbook on the History of English),
in 1600, do-support in affirmative sentences was still only used about
65% of the time, while in negative declarative sentences and negative
imperatives, nonuse of do-support was still more common than not.
"Their bodies did not age, but they became afeared of everything and
anything. For partaking in any activity at all could threaten their
precious and ageless bodies! ... Their victory over death was a hollow
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