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Prepositions in Early Modern English argument structure


Zehentner, Eva; Hundt, Marianne (2022). Prepositions in Early Modern English argument structure. In: Los, Bettelou; Cowie, Claire; Honeybone, Patrick; Trousdale, Graeme. English Historical Linguistics : Change in structure and meaning. Papers from the XXth ICEHL. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 202-224.

Abstract

This paper is the first to use a bottom-up, corpus-based, exploratory approach to the full range of prepositions in Early Modern English argument structure. Contrary to what previous research leads us to expect, the overall token frequency of prepositions during this period decreases, and they are not always successful against the older NP-variants. Similarly, our case study challenges earlier suggestions that PP-complements are particularly frequent in second-language varieties of English. With respect to the functions taken on by PPs in the clause, however, we provide preliminary evidence that more complement-like uses increase at the expense of more adjunct-like arguments, i.e., that PPs become more important as core elements of the clause.

Abstract

This paper is the first to use a bottom-up, corpus-based, exploratory approach to the full range of prepositions in Early Modern English argument structure. Contrary to what previous research leads us to expect, the overall token frequency of prepositions during this period decreases, and they are not always successful against the older NP-variants. Similarly, our case study challenges earlier suggestions that PP-complements are particularly frequent in second-language varieties of English. With respect to the functions taken on by PPs in the clause, however, we provide preliminary evidence that more complement-like uses increase at the expense of more adjunct-like arguments, i.e., that PPs become more important as core elements of the clause.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:March 2022
Deposited On:11 Jan 2022 06:23
Last Modified:11 Jan 2022 06:24
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company
Series Name:Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
Number:358
ISBN:9789027258205
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:https://benjamins.com/catalog/cilt.358.08zeh

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