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Stretched Verb Constructions in English

1st Edition

By D. J. Allerton


320 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics

The Germanic languages are among the best described in the world and exhibit a considerable degree of variation. Yet, with the exception of English, their properties and structural variance have yet to be fully exploited for linguistic theory. The purpose of this series is to promote more intense interaction of general linguistics with the field of Germanic linguistics as a whole.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General