Constructional Approaches to English Grammar (Topics in English Linguistics)

The booklet offers a chain of recent views on styles and advancements in English grammar from a constructional standpoint. The articles are authored through new and rising specialists in English grammar, who offer a severe evaluation of the position of structures in key components of grammatical idea, from either synchronic and diachronic views.

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Desk 1. The newspaper corpus name Years variety of phrases The day-by-day Mail 1993–2000 207 million phrases The day-by-day Telegraph 1991–2000 371 million phrases The father or mother 1990–2000 388 million phrases the days 1990–2000 478 million phrases overall 1,444 million phrases The diachronic element of this paper attracts on a wide number of prose masking 3 centuries. the sooner corpora are subdivided in response to the e-book dates of the works integrated and mix a bigger nondramatic part with a smaller component of dramatic prose. the most recent subcorpus for the past due 20th century is supplied through the fictitious prose part of the British nationwide Corpus. information of the corpus are supplied in desk 2. desk 2. The diachronic corpus identify Years variety of phrases Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF) + English Prose Drama (EPD) 1705–1780 16,100,000 phrases Nineteenth-Century Fiction (NCF) + English Prose Drama (EPD) 1782–1903 50,300,000 phrases British nationwide Corpus (BNC) ingenious prose part 1960–1993 19,700,000 phrases the choice of things for examine used to be in accordance with the newspaper corpus. A minor challenge used to be supplied through the truth that the excellence among a- Constraints at the attributive use of “predicative-only” adjectives 149 adjectives and a-adverbs is not at all transparent (cf. Quirk et al. 1985: 408– 409; Jacobsson 1996: 206–207). but, for the goods abed, overseas, afar, afield, afresh, forward, aloft, aside, ashore, apart, askance, aslant and off beam, the adverbial prestige should be taken with no consideration. so one can receive the biggest attainable variety of effects for the research, a listing of a-adjectives was once accrued from the OED entries, from which these goods that by no means happened in attributive place within the newspaper corpus have been accordingly discarded. This involved the goods ablaze, afire, aflame, afoot, agape, aglow, ajar, akimbo, alight, alike, by myself and astride, which are considered as precise “predicative-only” adjectives. the rest goods, a minimum of a few cases of which have been present in attributive makes use of, entered the examine, apart from alert, which happened so unrestrictedly during this place that its inclusion might have concerned little promise of recent insights into regulations touching on a-adjectives mostly. therefore, it varieties a simple exception to the category of “predicative-only” a-adjectives (cf. additionally Quirk et al. 1985: 409; Huddleston and Pullum 2002: 559). additionally, its homonyms alert (n. ) and alert (v. ) have been so common as to make a computer-aided seek useless. The record of a-adjectives finally incorporated within the learn is the subsequent (in alphabetical order): adrift, afloat, afraid, aghast, agog, akin, alive, aloof, ashamed, askew, asleep, averse, conscious, acutely aware and awry. The set is identical for the synchronic and diachronic research. be aware that this stock lays no declare to exhaustiveness because the notice formation trend a- + verb enjoys a definite productiveness (ablaze, adance, aswim, atremble, and so on. , are examples of this; cf.

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