Infinitives and Gerunds in Recent English

It was observed that in recent English the adjective ashamed selects both to infinitives and prepositional gerunds introduced by the preposition of, ...

Infinitives and Gerunds in Recent English

Infinitives and Gerunds in Recent English

This book explores the grammar of to infinitives and gerundial -ing clauses, which is a central area at the interface of syntax and semantics, against the background of what has been called the Great Complement Shift. Over the course of six chapters, the author explores the semantic properties of constructions where the general spread of gerundial -ing clauses occurs at the expense of to infinitives. The author draws on large electronic corpora, ensuring that new perspectives are opened on the basis of authentic corpus evidence. He identifies trends of variation and change in the use of the two constructions and proposes The Choice Principle, an innovative perspective on the semantics of to infinitives and gerundial -ing complements. This book will be of interest to researchers and students working on English grammar or the recent history of English grammar.

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Infinitives and Gerunds in Recent English
Language: en
Pages: 88
Authors: Juhani Rudanko
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-10-31 - Publisher: Springer

This book explores the grammar of to infinitives and gerundial -ing clauses, which is a central area at the interface of syntax and semantics, against the background of what has been called the Great Complement Shift. Over the course of six chapters, the author explores the semantic properties of constructions
Variation in Non-finite Constructions in English
Language: en
Pages: 145
Authors: Mark Kaunisto, Juhani Rudanko
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-05-29 - Publisher: Springer

This book sheds new light on the nature of gerunds in English, utilizing data from very large electronic corpora in order to compare pairs of patterns viewed as constructions. It serves as a contribution to the study of complementation, an under-researched area of investigation which bridges observations at the intersection
Changing Structures
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Mark Kaunisto, Mikko Höglund, Paul Rickman
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05-15 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

This book is a collection of eleven research articles which altogether serve as a contribution to the study of verb complementation and other constructions, an area of investigation which bridges observations on the spectrum of lexico-grammar, syntax, and semantics. In terms of methodological approaches and the types of linguistic patterns
From Data to Evidence in English Language Research
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Carla Suhr, Terttu Nevalainen, Irma Taavitsainen
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-14 - Publisher: BRILL

From Data to Evidence in English Language Research offers new insights into the ways in which developments in linguistic corpora and other digital data sources can be used to extend and re-evaluate research questions in English linguistics.
Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English
Language: en
Pages: 406
Authors: Pam Peters, Peter Collins, Adam Smith
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-01-01 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

This anthology brings together fresh corpus-based research by international scholars. It contrasts southern and northern hemisphere usage on variable elements of morphology and syntax. The nineteen invited papers include topics such as irregular verb parts, pronouns, modal and quasimodal verbs, the perfect tense, the progressive aspect, and mandative subjunctives. Lexicogrammatical

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