Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-based Approach (BOK)

Thomas Hoffmann

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Preposition placement, the competition between preposition stranding (What is he talking about?) and pied-piping (About what is he talking?), is one of the most interesting areas of syntactic variation in English. This is the first book to investigate preposition placement across all types of clauses that license it, such as questions, exclamations and wh-clauses, and those which exhibit categorical stranding, such as non-wh relative clauses, comparatives, and passives. Drawing on over 100 authentic examples from both first-language (English) and second-language (Kenyan) data, it combines experimental and corpus-based approaches to provide a full grammatical account of preposition placement in both varieties of English. Although written within the usage-based construction grammar framework, the results are presented in theory-neutral terminology, making them accessible to researchers from all syntactic schools. This pioneering volume will be of interest not only to syntacticians, but also second language researchers and those working on variation in English.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Thomas Hoffmann
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521760478
Antall sider 320 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2cm
Vekt 650 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Grammar, syntax & morphology

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