Complementation In British And American English

Overview

Complementation in British and American English applies a new empirical methodology to the study of the English language. It focuses on predicate complementation as a core area of English grammar on the basis of the Bank of English Corpus. At over 600 million words, this electronic corpus is the largest systematic corpus of the language in existence today. It offers a unique database of authentic usage for the study of the system of predicate complementation in British and American English. The authors make full ...

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Overview

Complementation in British and American English applies a new empirical methodology to the study of the English language. It focuses on predicate complementation as a core area of English grammar on the basis of the Bank of English Corpus. At over 600 million words, this electronic corpus is the largest systematic corpus of the language in existence today. It offers a unique database of authentic usage for the study of the system of predicate complementation in British and American English. The authors make full use of this database, paying special attention to the language of newspapers and the spoken language in the two main regional varieties of English. The book illustrates a new and methodologically exciting direction in the study of the English language in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761832928
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Juhani Rudanko is Professor of English in the Department of English at the University of Tampere, Finland. His earlier publications include Prepositions and Complement Clauses (1996) and Corpora and Complementation (University Press of America, 2000). Lea Luodes is a graduate of the University of Tampere, Finland, where she is currently an assistant in the Department of German. Her field of specialization is the use of electronic corpora in the study of language.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Power of a Pattern: A Case Study of Linguistic Innovativeness Chapter 4 Transitive Verbs Selecting out of -ing Complements Chapter 5 Intransitive Verbs Selecting on -ing Complements Chapter 6 Adjectives Selecting to Infinitive and to -ing Complements Chapter 7 Intransitive Verbs Selecting to Infinitive and to -ing Complements Chapter 8 Nouns Selecting to Infinitive and to -ing Complements Chapter 9 Intransitive Verbs Selecting towards/toward -ing Chapter 10 Concluding Observations

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