Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English

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The factors investigated in the volume include the following: phonological influences (such as the principle of rhythmic alternation and optimal syllable structure), frequency, pervasive semantic and pragmatic aspects (including iconicity, markedness, grammaticalization and typological tendencies), information structure, processing complexity and horror aequi (the avoidance of identity effects).

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"This book provides indispensable content."Tully J. Thibeau in: Studies in Language 3/2006 "This book provides a valuable contribution to linguistics, not only because of the broad(er) functional approach that it argues for, but also because of its insightful combination of theoretical discussion and commitment to corpus research."Victorina González-Díaz in: English Language and Linguistics 2/2004
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Günter Rohdenburg is Professor at Paderborn University, Germany. Britta Mondorf is Assistant Professor at Paderborn University, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Frequency as a determinant in grammatical variation and change 7
Phonological determinants of grammatical variation in English: Chomsky's worst possible case 69
Post-verbal constituent ordering in English 119
Grammatical variation in English: A question of 'structure vs. function'? 155
Why are zero-marked phrases close to their heads? 175
Cognitive complexity and horror aequi as factors determining the use of interrogative clause linkers in English 205
Support for more-support 251
The role of extractions and horror aequi in the evolution of -ing- complements in Modern English 305
Gerundial complements after begin and start: Grammatical and sociolinguistic factors, and how they work against each other 329
Is there semantics in all syntax? The case of accusative and infinitive constructions vs. that-clauses 347
Aspects of iconicity and economy in the choice between the s-genitive and the of-genitive in English 379
Constructional semantics as a limit to grammatical alternation: The two genitives of English 413
Principles of grammaticalization and linguistic reality 445
Varieties of English from a cross-linguistic perspective: Intensifiers and reflexives 479
Non-standard English and typological principles: The case of negation 507
'Every place has a different toll': Determinants of grammatical variation in cross-variety perspective 531
Author index 555
Subject index 561
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