Preposition Placement in English : A Usage-based Approach / Thomas Hoffmann

Author(s): Hoffmann, Thomas, 1976-
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Subjects: English language--Prepositions
English language--Syntax
English language--Grammar
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, [2011], ©2011
Series: Studies in English Language
Studies in English language
LC Classification: P, PE
Notes: LCCN: 2010045708
ISBN: 9780521760478
ISBN: 052176047X
Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Machine generated contents note: 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
Physical Description: xx, 297 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
OCLC Number: 651916817
ISBN/ISSN: 9780521760478
052176047X

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