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English mediopassive constructions: A cognitive, corpus-based study of their origin, spread, and current status
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English mediopassive constructions: A cognitive, corpus-based study of their origin, spread, and current status (Hardback)

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This book provides the first empirical study of the history and spread of mediopassive constructions. It investigates the productivity of the pattern, the spread of the construction in Modern English, and looks into text type-specific preferences for the construction. On a more abstract level, it combines the corpus-based description of mediopassive constructions with cognitive linguistic models, drawing largely on notions such as `prototype', `family resemblances', `patch' and `construction'. The theoretical modelling is largely based on data from real texts. These come from publicly available machine-readable corpora, text-databases and a single-register `corpus' (American mail-order catalogues). The study combines the corpus-based approach with cognitive theories and is therefore of interest to both empirical and theoretical linguists.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsGrammar, syntax Publisher: Brill Publication Date: 20/12/2006 ISBN-13: 9789042021273  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Marianne Hundt is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. She has been involved in the compilation and annotation of several corpora. Her research interests range from the corpus-based description of modern English grammar, ongoing change, regional and diachronic variation in standard and regional Englishes world-wide to grammaticalisation in Late Modern English. She has published various articles on these topics, one monograph (New Zealand English Grammar - Fact or Fiction, 1998) and edited two volumes of corpus-related work.

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