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Corpus Approaches to Grammaticalization in English (Studies by Hans Lindquist, Christian Mair

By Hans Lindquist, Christian Mair

Preface; This quantity includes revised models of 5 out of six papers awarded on the overseas symposium "Corpus learn on grammaticalization in English" equipped by means of Hans Lindquist at Vaxjo college, Sweden, in 20-22 April, 2001. the unique contributions were supplemented by way of one other 4 papers solicited from major names within the box. within the invitation to the symposium, and later to the quantity, the participants have been requested to give new empirical effects on grammaticalization in English and to debate methodological in addition to theoretical questions relating to those within the gentle of contemporary advancements in the region. We think that the result's a tremendous choice of papers. the unique symposium used to be supported via The financial institution of Sweden Tercentenary origin, for which we want to specific our gratitude. within the coaching of the current publication we've got benefited from beneficial recommendation from Elizabeth Traugott and from an nameless reviewer. so much of all, notwithstanding, we want to thank the individuals within the symposium and the extra members for his or her efforts and their persistence. Vaxjo and Freiburg, December 2003; Hans Lindquist Christian Mair

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For clarity, I shall present all the results in terms of the proportion represented by the older variant have to. Animacy First, consider animacy. As it turns out, 97% of these data have animate subjects, as in (14). (14) a. The following day I’ve got to be at Church flower arranging for harvest festival. (YRK/x/517,71) b. And Sundays is our relaxing evening ’cos John, unfortunately, has to work Sundays.

Conclusion We still do not know everything about the generalization of the -ly suffix in social and regional terms. The evidence available suggests that it may be spreading Three perspectives on grammaticalization from above in terms of social status. Some of the more recent developments such as the application of -ly to colour adjectives also point to literary rather than vernacular sources. A fairly wide stretch on the cline of grammaticality would therefore probably have to be covered by anyone proposing to write a register grammar of English adverb usage in its social context.

Grammaticalization and Social Embedding; I Think and Methinks in Middle and Early Modern English (Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique 55). Helsinki: Société Néophilologique. Paradis, C. 1997. Degree modifiers of adjectives in spoken British English (Lund Studies in English 92). Lund: Lund University Press. Pounder, A. 2001. “Adverb-marking in German and English; system and standardization”. Diachronica 18:2, 301–358. Quirk, R. 1965. “Descriptive statement and serial relationship”. Language 41, 205–217.

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