Infinitives and Gerunds in Recent English: Studies on Non-Finite Complements with Data from Large Corpora

Infinitives and Gerunds in Recent English: Studies on Non-Finite Complements with Data from Large Corpora

by Juhani Rudanko

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This book explores the grammar of to infinitives and gerundial -ing clauses, which is a central area at the interface of syntax and semantics, against the background of what has been called the Great Complement Shift. Over the course of six chapters, the author explores the semantic properties of constructions where the general spread of gerundial -ing clauses occurs at the expense of to infinitives. The author draws on large electronic corpora, ensuring that new perspectives are opened on the basis of authentic corpus evidence. He identifies trends of variation and change in the use of the two constructions and proposes The Choice Principle, an innovative perspective on the semantics of to infinitives and gerundial -ing complements. This book will be of interest to researchers and students working on English grammar or the recent history of English grammar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319834887
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Juhani Rudanko is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Tampere, Finland. Previous books include Complementation and Case Grammar (1989), Prepositions and Complement Clauses (1996), Changes in Complementation (2011) and Linking Form and Meaning (2015).

Table of Contents

- Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Non-Finite Complements of the Verb Consent in Current American and British English
.- Chapter 3: Non-finite Complements of the Adjective Subject in Recent American English.- Chapter 4: The Semantics of to Infinitives and of -ing Complements: a Case Study on the Adjective Ashamed.- Chapter 5: Lexico-Grammatical Creativity in American Soap Operas: a Case Study of Transitive into -ing Pattern.- Chapter 6: Concluding Observations.

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