Grammaticalization and English Complex Prepositions: A Corpus-based Study

Grammaticalization and English Complex Prepositions: A Corpus-based Study

by Sebastian Hoffmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415360498

ISBN-13: 9780415360494

Pub. Date: 06/23/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

What is a grammatical unit? How does grammatical structure evolve? How can we best investigate the mental representation of grammar? What is the connection between language use and language structure? This book aims to help answer such questions by presenting a detailed analysis of English complex prepositions (e.g. in spite of or with respect to) on the basis of

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Overview

What is a grammatical unit? How does grammatical structure evolve? How can we best investigate the mental representation of grammar? What is the connection between language use and language structure? This book aims to help answer such questions by presenting a detailed analysis of English complex prepositions (e.g. in spite of or with respect to) on the basis of large amounts of authentic language data dating from the Middle Ages until today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415360494
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/23/2005
Series:
Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Data Collection and Research Methodology 3. Complex Prepositions - Indivisible Units or Free Constructions? 4. Grammaticalization and Complex Prepositions 5. Complex Prepositions - a Diachronic Overview 6. Complex Prepositions in Present-Day English 7. In Terms of - a New Discourse Marker 8. Are Low-Frequency Complex Prepositions Grammaticalized? 9. Conclusion

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