There is a lot of information about the evolution of English vocabulary since Anglo-Saxon times, but I am looking for examples of how English sentence construction has changed over time.

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    I vote to leave this question open. – jk - Reinstate Monica Mar 25 '16 at 10:25
  • This is indeed broad but a good question on the other hand. I vote to leave this question open. – Andrew Ravus Mar 25 '16 at 20:52

Ian Roberts's 1993 book Verbs and Diachronic Syntax has a good amount of (comparative) information on the history of English (and French) sentential structure. It's couched in late-GB terms, but I don't remember it being too over-the-top theory-heavy. I used it in a Historical Syntax class and remember liking it.


There's a recent textbook by Bettelou Los which deals with exactly this topic. Not too pricey, either, by academic book standards.

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