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

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Bas Aarts, Joanne Close
Cambridge University Press, Feb 14, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 445 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Choices over time methodological issues in investigating current change
14
Recent shifts with three nonfinite verbal complements in English data from the 100millionword Time corpus 1920s2000s
46
Verb structures in twentiethcentury British English
68
Nominalizing the verb phrase in academic science writing
99
The verb phrase in contemporary Canadian English
133
Recent change and grammaticalization
155
The progressive verb in modern American English
187
Operator and negative contraction in spoken British English a change in progress
256
The development of comment clauses
286
The perfect in spoken British English
318
Changes in the verb phrase in legislative language in English
353
Modals and semimodals of obligation in American English some aspects of developments from 1990 until the present day
372
Notes
381
References
405
Name index
436

I was just reading this article on the expression of recentness and the English past progressive
217
Bare infinitival complements in PresentDay English
239

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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.

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