Complements And Constructions

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Juhani Rudanko, in Complements and Constructions, offers a pioneering perspective on the grammar of important prepositional complementation patterns in English. Rudanko focuses on sentential complements dependent on the prepositions from and to and on transitive and intransitive verbs selecting such complements. The study introduces and develops the proposal that such patterns, as well as the into -ing pattern, should be viewed as constructions in the sense of construction grammar. Rudanko's analysis of the ...

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Overview

Juhani Rudanko, in Complements and Constructions, offers a pioneering perspective on the grammar of important prepositional complementation patterns in English. Rudanko focuses on sentential complements dependent on the prepositions from and to and on transitive and intransitive verbs selecting such complements. The study introduces and develops the proposal that such patterns, as well as the into -ing pattern, should be viewed as constructions in the sense of construction grammar. Rudanko's analysis of the complementation patterns as constructions serves to explain important aspects of their meaning. With data from both eighteenth-century and present-day English, Rudanko reveals the increasing productivity of the patterns, which is an additional argument supporting their status as constructions. The data-oriented approach lends strength and solidity to the analysis of the patterns as constructions.

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This brief study applies the notion of a "construction" to preposition complementation patterns in English, and argues that Goldberg's formulation offers a helpful conceptual tool for analyzing prepositional patterns. Particular attention is given to alternative object control structures and the changes transitive verbs and intransitive verbs have undergone over time. Rudanko's credentials are not noted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761822745
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Juhani Rudanko is Professor of English, University of Tampere, Finland.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Alternate Object Control Structures: Into -ing vs. To Infinitive Complements Chapter 3 Into -ing as a Construction Chapter 4 From -ing over Three Centuries: Transitive Verbs Chapter 5 From -ing over Three Centuries: Intransitive Verbs Chapter 6 To -ing over Three Centuries: Intransitive Verbs Chapter 7 Horror Aequi in the Eighteenth Century Chapter 8 Concluding Observations Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 Index of Verbs

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