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Prof David Denison - publications

List of publications

Authored book

  • Denison, David. English word classes. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. eScholarID:4b1813
  • Denison, David. English historical syntax: verbal constructions. Longman Linguistics Library. London: Longman, 2004. eScholarID:4b474

Edited book

  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Alan Scott. ed. Morphosyntactic categories and the expression of possession. Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today. 199, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013. eScholarID:69277
  • Denison, David, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully & Emma Moore, with the assistance of Ayumi Miura. ed. Analysing older English. Studies in English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. eScholarID:4b1814
  • Hogg, Richard M. & David Denison. ed. A history of the English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. eScholarID:4b882
  • Aarts, Bas, David Denison, Evelien Keizer & Gergana Popova. ed. Fuzzy grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. eScholarID:4b881

Book contribution

  • "Ambiguity and vagueness in historical change." In The changing English language, ed. Hundt, Marianne, Sandra Mollin & Simone Pfenninger, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. eScholarID:272799
  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison, Grzegorz Krajewski & Alan K. Scott. "Expression of possession in English: The significance of the right edge." In Morphosyntactic categories and the expression of possession, ed. Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Alan K. Scott, 123-148. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013. eScholarID:101259
  • Denison, David. "Grammatical mark-up." In New methods in historical corpora, ed. Paul Bennett, Martin Durrell, Silke Scheible & Richard J. Whitt, 17-35. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2013. eScholarID:164480
  • McCully, Chris & David Denison. "Introduction to Part I." In Analysing older English, ed. Denison, David, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully & Emma Moore, with the assistance of Ayumi Miura, 7-14. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. eScholarID:93815
  • Denison, David. "Introduction to Part V." In Analysing older English, ed. Denison, David, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, Chris McCully & Emma Moore, with the assistance of Ayumi Miura, 247-250. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. eScholarID:93814
  • Denison, David. "Category change in English with and without structural change." In Gradience, gradualness and grammaticalization, ed. Elizabeth Closs Traugott & Graeme Trousdale, 105-128. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2010. eScholarID:3b3849
  • Denison, David & Alison Cort. "_Better_ as a verb." In Subjectification, intersubjectification and grammaticalization, ed. Kristin Davidse, Lieven Vandelanotte & Hubert Cuyckens, 349-383. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 2010. eScholarID:3b3850
  • Denison, David. "Argument structure." In One language, two grammars?, ed. Günter Rohdenburg & Julia Schlüter, 149-165. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. eScholarID:3b1495
  • Denison, David. "Patterns and productivity." In Studies in the history of the English language IV, ed. Fitzmaurice, Susan M. & Donka Minkova, 207-230. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2008. eScholarID:3b2995
  • van Bergen, Linda & David Denison. "A Corpus of Late 18c Prose." In Creating and digitizing language corpora, ed. Joan C. Beal, Karen P. Corrigan & Hermann L. Moisl, 228-246. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. eScholarID:3b1492
  • Denison, David. "Syntactic surprises in some English letters." In Germanic language histories 'from below' (1700-2000), ed. Stephan Elspaß, Nils Langer, Joachim Scharloth & Wim Vandenbussche, 115-127. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2007. eScholarID:3b2456
  • Denison, David. "Category change and gradience in the determiner system." In The handbook of the history of English, ed. Ans van Kemenade & Bettelou Los, 279-304. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. eScholarID:3b4359
  • Denison, David. "Category change in late Modern English?." In Anglistentag 2005 Bamberg, ed. Christoph Houswitschka, Gabriele Knappe & Anja Müller, 447-456. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2006. eScholarID:3b2455
  • Denison, David & Richard M. Hogg. "Overview." In A history of the English language, ed. Richard Hogg & David Denison, 1-42. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. eScholarID:3b1443
  • Denison, David. "Do grammars change when they leak?." In New perspectives on English historical linguistics, ed. Christian Kay, Simon Horobin & Jeremy Smith, 15-29. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2004. eScholarID:3b1442
  • Denison, David. "Log(ist)ic and simplistic S-curves." In Motives for language change, ed. Raymond Hickey, 54-70. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. eScholarID:3b1441
  • Denison, D. "historical notes." In The Cambridge grammar of the English language, Cambridge University Press, 2002. eScholarID:3b1494
  • Denison, David. "Gradience and linguistic change." In Historical linguistics 1999, ed. Laurel J. Brinton, 119-144. Amsterdam and Philadelphia PA: John Benjamins, 2001. eScholarID:3b1130
  • Denison, David. "Combining English auxiliaries." In Pathways of change, ed. Olga Fischer, Anette Rosenbach & Dieter Stein, 111-147. Amsterdam and Philadelphia PA: John Benjamins, 2000. eScholarID:3b3851
  • Denison, David. "Syntax." In The Cambridge history of the English language, ed. Suzanne Romaine, 92-329. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. eScholarID:3b1022
  • Denison, David. "The case of the unmarked pronoun." In English historical linguistics 1994, ed. Derek Britton, 287-299. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1996. eScholarID:3b992
  • Denison, David. "A corpus of late Modern English prose." In Corpora across the centuries, ed. Merja Kytö & Matti Rissanen, 7-16. Amsterdam and Atlanta GA: Rodopi, 1994. eScholarID:69151
  • David Denison. "Some recent changes in the English verb." In English diachronic syntax, ed. Maurizio Gotti, 15-33. Milan: Guerini, 1993. eScholarID:69139
  • Denison, David. "Counterfactual _may have_." In Internal and external factors in syntactic change, ed. Marinel Gerritsen & Dieter Stein, 229-256. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992. eScholarID:3b1493
  • Denison, David. "The information present." In History of Englishes, ed. Matti Rissanen, Ossi Ihalainen, Terttu Nevalainen, Irma Taavitsainen, 262-286. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992. eScholarID:3b1021
  • Denison, David. "The Old English impersonals revived." In Papers from the 5th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, ed. Sylvia Adamson, Vivien A. Law, Nigel Vincent & Susan Wright, 111-140. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1990. eScholarID:3b991
  • Denison, David. "The origins of periphrastic DO." In Papers from the 4th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, ed. Roger Eaton, Olga Fischer, Willem Koopman & Frederike van der Leek, 45-60. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1985. eScholarID:3b1020

Journal article

  • Yáñez-Bouza, Nuria & David Denison. "Which comes first in the double object construction?" English Language and Linguistics 19, no. 2(2015) : 247-268. eScholarID:257559 | DOI:10.1017/S136067431500012X
  • Denison, David & Marianne Hundt. "Defining relatives." Journal of English Linguistics 41, no. 2(2013) : 135-167. eScholarID:177855 | DOI:10.1177/0075424213483572
  • Denison, David. "Parts of speech: Solid citizens or slippery customers?" Journal of the British Academy 1(2013) : 151-185. eScholarID:203732 | DOI:10.5871/jba/001.151
  • Hundt, Marianne, David Denison & Gerold Schneider. "Relative complexity in scientific discourse." English language and Linguistics 16, no. 2(2012) : 209-240. eScholarID:159357 | DOI:10.1017/S1360674312000032
  • Hundt, Marianne, David Denison & Gerold Schneider. "Retrieving relatives from historical data." Literary and Linguistic Computing 27, no. 1(2012) : 3-16. eScholarID:135850 | DOI:10.1093/llc/fqr049
  • Denison, David, Alan K. Scott & Kersti Börjars. "The real distribution of the English "group genitive"." Studies in Language 34, no. 3(2010) : 532-564. eScholarID:82854 | DOI:10.1075/sl.34.3.02den
  • Denison, David. "Clues to language change from non-standard English." German Life and Letters 61, no. 4(2008) : 533-545. eScholarID:1b7005 | DOI:10.1111/j.1468-0483.2008.00442.x
  • Denison, David. "Playing tag with category boundaries." VARIENG e-Series 1(2007) . eScholarID:7572
  • Pratt, Lynda & David Denison. "The language of the Southey-Coleridge circle." Language Sciences 22, no. 3(2000) : 401-422. eScholarID:1b1880
  • Denison, David. "Auxiliary + impersonal in Old English." Folia Linguistica Historica 9, no. 1(1990) : 139-166. eScholarID:1b2570
  • Denison, David. "A note on T/D deletion." Folia Linguistica Historica 7(1988) : 415-418. eScholarID:69150
  • Denison, David. "On word order in Old English." Dutch Quarterly Review 16(1986) : 277-295. eScholarID:1b2569
  • Denison, David. "Some observations on _being teaching_." Studia Neophilologica 57(1985) : 157-159. eScholarID:1b2568
  • Denison, David. "The origins of completive _up_ in English." Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 86(1985) : 37-61. eScholarID:1b2567
  • Denison, David. "Why Old English had no prepositional passive." English Studies 66(1985) : 189-204. eScholarID:1b2566
  • Denison, David. "On _get it over with_." Neophilologus 68(1984) : 271-277. eScholarID:1b2565

Conference contribution

  • Denison, David. Pushing the boundaries of word classes. In CBDA-4 (Colloque international Bisannuel sur la Diachronie de l'Anglais)06 July 2015 - 08 July 2015. Troyes. eScholarID:267959
  • Denison, David. 2014. Ambiguity and vagueness in English: speakers vs. linguists. In L'ambigüité et le malentendu dans l’activité langagière. Journée d'étude du projet UPL COSPI12 December 2014. Université Paris Ouest Nanterre. eScholarID:243776
  • Denison, David. 2014. Ambiguity and vagueness in historical change. In ISLE3: workshop on The Changing English Language: Psycholinguistic Perspectives24 August 2014 - 25 August 2014. Zurich. eScholarID:230470
  • Denison, David. 2014. This won't take long. In York-Holland Symposium on the History of English Syntax (SHES12)17 May 2014 - 18 May 2014. University of Manchester. eScholarID:225514
  • Denison, David & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. 2014. Which comes first in the double object construction? Diachronic and dialectal variation. In ICEHL1814 July 2014 - 17 July 2014. Leuven. eScholarID:229617
  • Denison, David. Why would anybody 'take long'?. In ICCG8, Workshop on 'Category change from a constructional perspective'03 September 2014 - 06 September 2014. Osnabrück. eScholarID:232329
  • Denison, David. 2012. Non-inflecting verbs in Modern English. In Autour du verbe / Around the verb: Colloque en l’honneur de Claude Delmas21 September 2012 - 22 September 2012. University of Paris 3.. eScholarID:172512
  • Denison, David. 2012. On the history of English (and) word classes. In ICEHL1720 August 2012 - 25 August 2012. Zurich. eScholarID:172517
  • Denison, David & Marianne Hundt. 2011. Defining relatives. In Helsinki Corpus Festival. Helsinki. eScholarID:172494
  • Denison, David. 2011. Grammatical mark-up: Some more demarcation disputes. In New Methods in Historical Corpora29 April 2011 - 30 April 2011. Manchester. eScholarID:172518
  • Denison, David. 2011. ISLE highlights. In Presidential address at ISLE2 conference17 June 2011 - 21 June 2011. Boston University. eScholarID:172515
  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Grzegorz Krajewski. 2011. Poss-s vs poss-of revisited. In ISLE2, workshop on genitive variation in English. eScholarID:172498
  • Denison, David. 2011. The construction of SKT. In Second Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop on the Structure of the Noun Phrase in English (NP2)15 September 2011 - 16 September 2011. Newcastle upon Tyne. eScholarID:172513
  • Hundt, Marianne, David Denison & Gerold Schneider. 2010. Relative complexity in scientific discourse. In LME4. Sheffield. eScholarID:172499
  • Denison, David. 2009. A new class of verbs taking _that_-clause complements. In ICLCE3, Symposium on Current Change in the English Verb Phrase14 July 2009 - 14 July 2009. London. eScholarID:172508
  • Börjars, Kersti, David Denison & Alan Scott. 2009. Expression of possession: Structural factors. In Workshop on Morpho-syntactic categories and the expression of possession. University of Manchester. eScholarID:172500
  • Denison, David, Alan Scott & Kersti Börjars. 2008. What's wrong with possessive 's?. In ISLE 108 October 2008 - 11 October 2008. University of Freiburg. eScholarID:172507
  • Scott, Alan, David Denison & Kersti Börjars. 2007. Is the English possessive 's truly a right edge phenomenon?. In 2nd International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (2ICLCE). Toulouse. eScholarID:172510
  • Denison, David. 2003. Arguing with determination: Class conflict in English nominals. In Creation and Practical Use of Language Texts. Nagoya: Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University. eScholarID:69265
  • Denison, David. 1987. On word order in Old English. In One hundred years of English studies in Dutch universities: seventeen papers read at the Centenary Conference, Groningen15 January 1986 - 16 January 1986139-155. Amsterdam: Rodopi. eScholarID:172511

Journal contribution

  • Denison, David & Nigel Vincent. "Editorial introduction." Transactions of the Philological Society 95(2007) : 1-8. eScholarID:159362
  • Aarts, Bas, David Denison & Richard Hogg. "Editors' note." English Language and Linguistics 11, no. 1(2007) : i-ii. eScholarID:159360
  • Denison, David & Bas Aarts. "Richard Hogg, 20 May 1944 – 6 September 2007." English Language and Linguistics 11, no. 3(2007) : i-ii. eScholarID:159361
  • Aarts, Bas, David Denison & Richard Hogg. "Editors' note." English Language and Linguistics 1, no. 1(1997) : 1-2. eScholarID:159358


  • Denison, David. Aspects of the history of English group-verbs: With particular attention to the syntax of the _Ormulum_. University of Oxford, 1981. eScholarID:74782


  • ARCHER 3.2. A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers, version 3.2. Co-ordinated by David Denison and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (Manchester); compiled in collaboration with 14 international universities. <>.
  • Denison, David. 2013. Parts of speech: Solid citizens or slippery customers? Public lecture at British Academy/Philological Society. Video at
  • Scott, Alan, Kersti Börjars, David Denison & Pauline Harries. 2009. The development of possessive expressions in the Germanic languages. Paper presented at 19 ICHL, Nijmegen. Journal paper to follow.
  • Denison, D. English Language (1989), The Year’s Work in English Studies. 1989. 63-117.
  • Denison, D. English Language (1988), The Year’s Work in English Studies. 1988. 57-111.
  • Denison, D. English Language (1987), The Year’s Work in English Studies. 1987. 24 - 66.
  • Denison, D. English Language (1986), The Year’s Work in English Studies. 1986. 31-73.
  • Denison, David. 1983. Review of Jean Aitchison, Language change: progress or decay? Journal of Linguistics 19, 503-504.
  • Denison, David. 1980. Review of D. J. Allerton, Essentials of grammatical theory: A consensus view of syntax and morphology. Critical Quarterly 22, 80-81.