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Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-based Approach

Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-based Approach

by Thomas Hoffmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 052176047X

ISBN-13: 9780521760478

Pub. Date: 01/31/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Preposition placement, the competition between preposition stranding (What is he talking about?) and pied-piping (About what is he talking?), is one of the most interesting areas of syntactic variation in English. This is the first book to investigate preposition placement across all types of clauses that license it, such as questions, exclamations and wh-clauses,

Overview

Preposition placement, the competition between preposition stranding (What is he talking about?) and pied-piping (About what is he talking?), is one of the most interesting areas of syntactic variation in English. This is the first book to investigate preposition placement across all types of clauses that license it, such as questions, exclamations and wh-clauses, and those which exhibit categorical stranding, such as non-wh relative clauses, comparatives, and passives. Drawing on over 100 authentic examples from both first-language (English) and second-language (Kenyan) data, it combines experimental and corpus-based approaches to provide a full grammatical account of preposition placement in both varieties of English. Although written within the usage-based construction grammar framework, the results are presented in theory-neutral terminology, making them accessible to researchers from all syntactic schools. This pioneering volume will be of interest not only to syntacticians, but also second language researchers and those working on variation in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521760478
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2011
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction;
2. Data and methodology;
3. Case notes: independent factors;
4. Evidence I: corpus results;
5. Evidence II: experimental results;
6. Preposition placement: the case for a construction grammar account;
7. Conclusion: the verdict.

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