Iyeiri, Yoko. 2022. “From Tho to Those in Fifteenth-Century English”, in Variational Studies on Pronominal Forms in the History of English, ed. Yoko, Iyeiri, Jeremy Smith, Hiroshi Yadomi & David Selfe, pp. 21-35. Tokyo: Kaitakusha.
This study discusses how the form those establishes itself in the history of English. While forms without –s are predominant throughout the Middle English period, the 15th-century sees the rise of forms with –s. This paper explores the Paston Letters and selected writings by William Caxton in the 15th century and observes the process of the shift.
Variational Studies on Pronominal Forms in the History of English is a booklet of the Japanese Association for Studies in the History of the English Language, which was established in 1999. It is the 9th volume of the association.