Loureiro-Porto, Lucía. The Semantic Predecessors of Need in the History of English (c750-1710) (Publications of the Philological Society 43). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.. ISBN 978-1-4051-9270-5; 273 pp.


In the history of English at least five verbs have been found to mean ‘need’: þurfan, beþurfan, need, behove and mister. By adopting a corpus-based approach, this book studies all of them diachronically, from the origins of the language (c.750) to the end of the early Modern English period (1710).




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