Corpora and Complementation: Tracing Sentential Complementation Patterns of Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs over the Last Three Centuries

Corpora and Complementation: Tracing Sentential Complementation Patterns of Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs over the Last Three Centuries

by Juhani Rudanko
     
 

Corpora and Complementation investigates the system of English predicate complementation over the last three centuries. The individual chapters shed light on central parts of the system, involving nouns, adjectives and verbs that select complement clauses. A focal point of the investigation is the to -ing, as in He resorted to borrowing money. Variation between

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Corpora and Complementation investigates the system of English predicate complementation over the last three centuries. The individual chapters shed light on central parts of the system, involving nouns, adjectives and verbs that select complement clauses. A focal point of the investigation is the to -ing, as in He resorted to borrowing money. Variation between this pattern and to infinitives is examined at length in the complements of different types of matrix predicates and it is argued that the to -ing pattern has been spreading in recent centuries. This analysis of English predicate complementation is underpinned by a unique combination of authoritative sources including the British National Corpus, the COBUILD online corpus, the Corpus of Spoken American English, and the Chadwyck-Healey corpus.

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Investigates the system of English predicate complementation over the last three centuries. Chapters shed light on central parts of the system, involving matrix nouns, adjectives, and verbs that select complement clauses. Synchronic and diachronic corpora of the language serve as essential sources of data. Three chapters examine variation between two types of complements introduced by the word . Other chapters deal with the pattern, adjectives from two semantic domains, and sentential complements of negative verbs of avoiding, failing, and refraining. Author information is not given. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780761817949
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.61(d)

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