Morphological changes in English from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century as represented in two literary works : William Shakespeare's play the merchant of Venice 17thcentury and George Bernard Shaw's play arms and the man 20th century

Other Title(s)

التغييرات الصرفية في الإنجليزية من القرن السابع عشر حتى القرن العشرين ممثلة في عملين أدبيين : مسرحية تاجر البندقية لوليم شكسبير و مسرحية السلاح و الرجل لجورج برنارد شو
التغييرات الصرفية في اللغة الإنجليزية من القرن السابع عشر حتى القرن العشرين ممثلة في عملين أدبيين : مسرحية تاجر البندقية لوليم شكسبير و مسرحية السلاح و الرجل لجورج برنارد شو

Dissertant

al-Falah, Amani Ahmad

Thesis advisor

Abu Hamdiyah, Zakariyya Ahmad

University

Middle East University

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

University Country

Jordan

Degree

Master

Degree Date

2018

English Abstract

This study concerns one aspect of language change, morphological change .In this thesis two literary works which were written in two different centuries have been examined and analyzed.

The first one is a seventeenth century play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, and the second is a twentieth century play Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw.

This study follows a descriptive, content analysis of two texts to explore the diachronic change in morphology between these two plays.

The data of this study come from selected dialogues of characters in the two plays by a special randomization process.

The findings of this study reveal that there are changes in some morphological patterns and word forms.

A major change that emerged is the loss of the singular pronoun thou and its grammatical function.

The plural pronoun you referred to the plural for the second person in the seventeenth century.

Later the pronoun you replaced thou in all grammatical cases, nominative, accusative, dative, genitive, possessive or reflexive , in Arms and the Man.

This change in the use of the second person singular pronoun and other changes are presented and discussed in this study.

As a consequence of the loss of thou, verb endings also changed they were related to thou in the Merchant of Venice.

Main Topic

Languages

Topics

No. of Pages

74

Table of Contents

Table of contents.

Abstract.

Abstract in Arabic.

Chapter One : Introduction.

Chapter Two : Review of literature.

Chapter Three : Methods and procedures.

Chapter Four : Analysis of findings and discussion.

Chapter Five : Conclusion and recommendations.

References.

American Psychological Association (APA)

al-Falah, Amani Ahmad. (2018). Morphological changes in English from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century as represented in two literary works : William Shakespeare's play the merchant of Venice 17thcentury and George Bernard Shaw's play arms and the man 20th century. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-787063

Modern Language Association (MLA)

al-Falah, Amani Ahmad. Morphological changes in English from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century as represented in two literary works : William Shakespeare's play the merchant of Venice 17thcentury and George Bernard Shaw's play arms and the man 20th century. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University. (2018).
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-787063

American Medical Association (AMA)

al-Falah, Amani Ahmad. (2018). Morphological changes in English from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century as represented in two literary works : William Shakespeare's play the merchant of Venice 17thcentury and George Bernard Shaw's play arms and the man 20th century. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-787063

Language

English

Data Type

Arab Theses

Record ID

BIM-787063