Grammaticalization and English Complex Prepositions: A Corpus-based Study
What is a grammatical unit? How does grammatical structure evolve? How can we best investigate the mental representation of grammar? What is the connection between language use and language structure? This book aims to help answer such questions by presenting a detailed analysis of English complex prepositions (e.g. in spite of or with respect to) on the basis of large amounts of authentic language data dating from the Middle Ages until today.
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2 Data collection and research methodology
3 Complex prepositions
4 Grammaticalization and complex prepositions
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30 most frequent AE AE AE analysis British National Corpus cent century chapter Charles Dickens classiﬁcation clearly cognitive collocates concept consideration constituent constructions context context-governed coordination corpora corpus data corpus linguistics deﬁned despite diachronic difﬁcult discourse markers discussion distribution example expressed fact fict ﬁgures ﬁle ﬁlled pauses ﬁndings ﬁrst formal frequent complex prepositions front function further genres grammatical grammaticalization theory Gutenberg Corpus Henry James Imaginative prose inﬂuence interpretation language users lexical items meaning Middle English million words n/a n/a n/a nominal element noun phrase number of instances observed overview PNP-constructions present Present-day English quantitative Quirk quotations database reﬂect regular expression relevant retrieved Schwenter and Traugott semantic semantic change sentences Seppänen sequences shown signiﬁcant simple preposition speakers speciﬁc spite spoken component structure syntactic Table text domains Thomas Carlyle tion types typical usage variant verb Wilkie Collins written component