The Verb in Contemporary English: Theory and Description

The Verb in Contemporary English: Theory and Description

by Bas Aarts, Charles F. Meyer
     
 

This collection of essays sheds new light on the verb in English. The authors illustrate that verbs can only be properly understood if studied from both a theoretical and descriptive perspective. In part one, the authors explore topics such as the terminological problems of classification, verb complementation, the semantics and pragmatics of verbs and verbal… See more details below

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This collection of essays sheds new light on the verb in English. The authors illustrate that verbs can only be properly understood if studied from both a theoretical and descriptive perspective. In part one, the authors explore topics such as the terminological problems of classification, verb complementation, the semantics and pragmatics of verbs and verbal combinations, and the notions of tense, aspect, voice and modality. In part two, computer corpora is used to study the form, development and usage of the verb in different varieties of English.

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ISBN-13:
9780521026543
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
1Introduction: theoretical and descriptive approaches to the study of the verb in English1
2Grammatical relations in English27
3Competence without Comp?40
4On the semantics of the object54
5Secondary predicates in English75
6The English perfect as a secondary past tense102
7'How does this sentence interpret?' The semantics of English mediopassives123
8The expression of Root and Epistemic Possibility in English145
9Find and want: a corpus-based case study in verb complementation159
10Indeterminacy between Noun Phrases and Adjective Phrases as complements of the English verb183
11Having a look at the expanded predicate203
12'This scheme is badly needed': some aspects of verb-adverb combinations218
13That and zero complementisers in Late Modern English: exploring ARCHER from 1650-1990241
14Changing patterns of complementation, and concomitant grammaticalisation, of the verb help in present-day British English258
15Verbs in public and private speaking273
16Some remarks on comment clauses290
Index of names303
Subject index307

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