English Mediopassive Constructions: A Cognitive, Corpus-based Study of Their Origin, Spread, and Current Status

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Rodopi, 2007 - 222 Seiten
This book provides the first empirical study of the history and spread of mediopassive constructions. It investigates the productivity of the pattern, the spread of the construction in Modern English, and looks into text type-specific preferences for the construction. On a more abstract level, it combines the corpus-based description of mediopassive constructions with cognitive linguistic models, drawing largely on notions such as 'prototype', 'family resemblances', 'patch' and 'construction'. The theoretical modelling is largely based on data from real texts. These come from publicly available machine-readable corpora, text-databases and a single-register 'corpus' (American mail-order catalogues). The study combines the corpus-based approach with cognitive theories and is therefore of interest to both empirical and theoretical linguists.
 

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Introduction
1
Defining the object of study
7
Previous studies
25
Theoretical background
53
The mediopassive in Present Day English
81
The history of mediopassives
129
Conclusion
171
References
181
Primary material
195
Additional tables and figures
203
Index
215
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Seite 185 - Be' and Its Synonyms, Philosophical and Grammatical Studies (ed. by JWM Verhaar), Vol. I, Dordrecht, pp. 1-39. Halliday, MAK (1966), 'Some Notes on "Deep" Grammar', Journal of Linguistics 2, 57-67. Halliday, MAK (1967a), Grammar, Society and the Noun, inaugural lecture 1966, University College London. Halliday, MAK (1967b), 'Notes on Transitivity and Theme in English', Journal of Linguistics 3, 37-81, 199-244.

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Marianne Hundt is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. She has been involved in the compilation and annotation of several corpora. Her research interests range from the corpus-based description of modern English grammar, ongoing change, regional and diachronic variation in standard and regional Englishes world-wide to grammaticalisation in Late Modern English. She has published various articles on these topics, one monograph (New Zealand English Grammar - Fact or Fiction, 1998) and edited two volumes of corpus-related work.

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