The Verb Phrase in English: Investigating Recent Language Change with Corpora

The Verb Phrase in English: Investigating Recent Language Change with Corpora

by Bas Aarts (Editor)


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The chapters in this volume feature new and groundbreaking research carried out by leading scholars and promising young researchers from around the world on recent changes in the English verb phrase. Drawing on authentic corpus data, the papers consider both spoken and written English in several genres. Each contribution pays particular attention to the methodologies used for investigating short-term patterns of change in English, with detailed discussions of controversies in this area. This cutting-edge collection is essential reading for historians of the English language, syntacticians and corpus linguists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107558502
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Series: Studies in English Language
Pages: 474
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London.

Joanne Close is Lecturer in English Language in the English Department at the University of Chester.

Geoffrey Leech is Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at Lancaster University.

Sean Wallis is a Senior Research Fellow in the Survey of English Usage at University College London.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Bas Aarts, Joanne Close, Geoffrey Leech and Sean Wallis; 2. Choices over time: methodological issues in investigating current change Bas Aarts, Joanne Close and Sean Wallis; 3. Recent shifts with three nonfinite verbal complements in English: data from the 100 million word TIME Corpus (1920s-2000s) Mark Davies; 4. Verb structures in twentieth-century British English Nicholas Smith and Geoffrey Leech; 5. Nominalizing the verb phrase in academic science writing Douglas Biber and Bethany Gray; 6. The verb phrase in contemporary Canadian English Sali Tagliamonte; 7. Recent change and grammaticalization Manfred Krug and Ole Schützler; 8. The progressive verb in modern American English Magnus Levin; 9. I was just reading this article - on the expression of recentness and the English past progressive Meike Pfaff, Alexander Bergs and Thomas Hoffmann; 10. Bare infinitival complements in present-day English Marcus Callies; 11. Operator and negative contraction in spoken British English: a change in progress José Ramón Varela Pérez; 12. The development of comment clauses Gunther Kaltenböck; 13. The perfect in spoken British English Jill Bowie, Sean Wallis and Bas Aarts; 14. Changes in the verb phrase in legislative language in English Christopher Williams; 15. Modals and semi-modals of obligation in American English: some aspects of developments from 1990 until the present day Stig Johansson.

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