Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English
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  • Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English

Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English

by Gunter Rohdenburg
     
 

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,

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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110176476
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] Series, #43
Pages:
572
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Frequency as a determinant in grammatical variation and change7
Phonological determinants of grammatical variation in English: Chomsky's worst possible case69
Post-verbal constituent ordering in English119
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 English205
Support for more-support251
The role of extractions and horror aequi in the evolution of -ing- complements in Modern English305
Gerundial complements after begin and start: Grammatical and sociolinguistic factors, and how they work against each other329
Is there semantics in all syntax? The case of accusative and infinitive constructions vs. that-clauses347
Aspects of iconicity and economy in the choice between the s-genitive and the of-genitive in English379
Constructional semantics as a limit to grammatical alternation: The two genitives of English413
Principles of grammaticalization and linguistic reality445
Varieties of English from a cross-linguistic perspective: Intensifiers and reflexives479
Non-standard English and typological principles: The case of negation507
'Every place has a different toll': Determinants of grammatical variation in cross-variety perspective531
Author index555
Subject index561

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