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Competition in antagonistic verb complementation


Hundt, Marianne (2023). Competition in antagonistic verb complementation. In: de Smet, Hendrik; Petré, Peter; Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt. Context, Intent and Variation in Grammaticalization. Berlin: De Gruyter, 159-188.

Abstract

Verbal complementation is a popular topic for language historians and World Englishes scholars alike, not least because it provides a rich playing field for the study of variation and (ongoing) language change. The present paper adds to previous research a case study on three antagonistic verbs with a focus on phrasal complementation. Corpus evidence from the Late Modern period shows that antagonistic fight, oppose and protest do not unanimously drift towards a unified Argument Structure Construction. The study also provides preliminary evidence from a corpus of very recent news writing; these data show that the one case of twentieth-century divergence between British and American English is likely to disappear again, with popular newspapers in the UK adopting the ‘American’ preference for bare NP complementation. Probabilistic modelling of the AmE data suggests that PP complements are likely to survive on both sides of the Atlantic in a language-internally conditioned niche context.

Abstract

Verbal complementation is a popular topic for language historians and World Englishes scholars alike, not least because it provides a rich playing field for the study of variation and (ongoing) language change. The present paper adds to previous research a case study on three antagonistic verbs with a focus on phrasal complementation. Corpus evidence from the Late Modern period shows that antagonistic fight, oppose and protest do not unanimously drift towards a unified Argument Structure Construction. The study also provides preliminary evidence from a corpus of very recent news writing; these data show that the one case of twentieth-century divergence between British and American English is likely to disappear again, with popular newspapers in the UK adopting the ‘American’ preference for bare NP complementation. Probabilistic modelling of the AmE data suggests that PP complements are likely to survive on both sides of the Atlantic in a language-internally conditioned niche context.

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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:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:5 June 2023
Deposited On:30 Jan 2024 08:39
Last Modified:30 Jan 2024 08:39
Publisher:De Gruyter
Series Name:Trends in Linguistics : Studies and Monographs
ISSN:1861-4302
ISBN:9783110753059
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110753059-007