Grammaticalization and English Complex Prepositions

A Corpus-based Study

By Sebastian Hoffmann

© 2005 – Routledge

232 pages

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About the Book

What is a grammatical unit? How does grammatical structure evolve? How can we best investigate the mental representation of grammar? What is the connection between language use and language structure? This book aims to help answer such questions by presenting a detailed analysis of English complex prepositions (e.g. in spite of or with respect to) on the basis of large amounts of authentic language data dating from the Middle Ages until today.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Data Collection and Research Methodology 3. Complex Prepositions - Indivisible Units or Free Constructions? 4. Grammaticalization and Complex Prepositions 5. Complex Prepositions - a Diachronic Overview 6. Complex Prepositions in Present-Day English 7. In Terms of - a New Discourse Marker 8. Are Low-Frequency Complex Prepositions Grammaticalized? 9. Conclusion

About the Author

Sebastian Hoffmann is Lecturer in Linguistics at Zurich University, Switzerland.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics

Corpus based linguistics is a dynamic area of linguistic research. The series aims to reflect the diversity of approaches to the subject, and thus to provides a forum for debate and detailed discussion of the various ways of building, exploiting and theorizing about the use of corpora in language studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR007000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LAN006000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General