The consolidation of þat as an invariable relativizer in the history of English

Cristina Suárez


Two different invariable relative markers were in use in early English,
þe and þat/that. This paper aims to answer the question of how and why þat replaced þe as an invariable relativizer in Middle English. To this end I analyse the distribution of invariable relativizers in the relevant periods of the English language (from Old English to late Middle English) as represented in The Helsinki Corpus of English Texts.

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