Old english verbs of tasting with accusative/genitive/of-phrase

Michiko Ogura

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Old English verbs of tasting like beorgan, drincan and etan may take the accusative, the genitive or the of-phrase. The number of occurrences of these verbs with the genitive or the of-phrase is not so large, but we notice the fact that Latin ex-/de-phrases could be rendered by the of-phrase and that both the genitive and of-phrase were used in a partitive sense. In this short paper I try to show that the Old English genitive object was in the process of being replaced by the of-phrase even in a limited context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-522
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Genitive, Of-phrase
  • Old English
  • Verbs of tasting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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