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Prepositions in Early Modern English argument structure and beyond


Zehentner, Eva; Hundt, Marianne (2022). Prepositions in Early Modern English argument structure and beyond. 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, 201-224.

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.
Keywords: prepositions, verbal argument structure, bottom-up approach, Early Modern English, World Englishes

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.
Keywords: prepositions, verbal argument structure, bottom-up approach, Early Modern English, World Englishes

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Item Type:Book Section, 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:410 Linguistics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language
Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2022
Deposited On:15 Feb 2022 11:11
Last Modified:19 Jun 2024 03:31
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
Series Name:Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
Number:358
ISSN:0304-0763
ISBN:9789027258205
Additional Information:Chapter 8
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/cilt.358.08zeh
Other Identification Number:e-Book ISBN 9789027258205
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100015_175987
  • : Project TitlePrepositions in English Argument Structure across Time and Space: A Corpus-based Evolutionary Construction Grammar Approach
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