1st Edition

Stretched Verb Constructions in English





ISBN 9780415862899
Published January 17, 2014 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Constructions such as 'make an accusation against', or 'give one's approval for' can be seen as 'stretched' versions of simple verbs, such as 'accuse' or 'approve of'. What is the precise linguistic nature of stretched verbs, and how many basic types are there? What kinds of grammatical connections are involved, and what lexical limits are there on these constructions? What is their precise semantic value? These are some of the questions that this book sets out to answer in its investigation of stretched verb constructions.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Defining the Field
1. Towards a Definition of 'Kindred Relations'
2. Stretched Elaborated Verb Structures
3. Using Data
Part II: Syntactic Restructuring
1. Syntactic Framework
2. Types of Restructuring
Part III: The Event Phrase
1. Eventive/Agentive Noun Phrases: Their Core
2. Eventive/Agentive Noun Phrases: Modifiers and Qualifiers
3. Agentive Adjective Phrases
Part IV: The Thin Verb

1. The Individual Thin Verbs, Their Meanings and Collocations
2. The Grammatical Meanings of Thin Verbs Part V: The Lexical Status of Stretched Verb Constructions
1. The Semantics Of Stretched Verb Constructions
2. Stretched Verb Constructions and The Lexicon

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