“Describing the process of lexical borrowing: intend and other related words in late Middle English”
This paper proposes that more light should be thrown to the “process” of lexical borrowing and discusses, as an illustrative case, the use of four INTEND words, namely INTENT, INTEND, INTENTION, and INTENDMENT, in William Caxton’s writings.
The shift from the personal pronoun hit to it in Middle English is a case of h-dropping. This study discusses the coexistence of the two forms in a single text by focusing on how they are distributed in different parts of it, and shows that there are some patterns in intra-text variation. The text analyzed mainly is Nicholas Love’s Speculum Vite Cristi (1494).