Talk:Jespersen's Cycle

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French etc[edit]

The process is also well documented in French, Welsh and Old English. There was a paper in Transactions of the Philological Society a year or two ago: I'll look it out and expand the article when I get time. --ColinFine (talk) 07:34, 5 October 2010 (UTC)


The article is called Jespersen's *Cycle* but all the examples listed are just one instance of the process. If there is any justification for calling it a cycle, include it and argue why it's common / likely enough, otherwise rename the article to Jespersen's process or something similar. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:32, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

I would like to add that the way the process is currently defined in the article there could be no circle, as at the end of the process the negative particle is post-verbial, whereas at the beginning it is pre-verbial - so the end result does not match the starting condition for the process to happen again. Any examples for an actual circle would be much appreciated! 2A02:8109:9300:CB4:7D96:EBF7:2DAE:C8DD (talk) 22:02, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Does it matter whether the name of the 'process' is logical or not? If it is commonly known as 'Jespersen's Cycle' then that should be the title. There is an article from Dr David Willis, Reader in Historical Linguistics at Cambridge describing the obviously linear process as 'Jespersen's Cycle' [1] and another [2] from Cleo Condoravdi and Paul Kiparsky, both of Stanford, confirming the same. Sotakeit (talk) 16:27, 8 April 2014 (UTC)