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The Verb in Contemporary English
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Bas Aarts, Charles F. Meyer, Richard Hudson, I. M. Schlesinger, Rodney Huddleston, Andrew Rosta, Jennifer Coates, Jan Aarts, Flor Aarts, Geoffrey Leech, Lu Li, John Algeo, Stig Johanssen, Edward Finegan, Douglas Biber, Christian Mair, Jan Svartvik, Olof Ekedahl, Anna-Brita Stenström
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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026543

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  • This collection of essays sheds new light on the verb in English. The authors illustrate that verbs can only be properly understood if studied from both a theoretical and descriptive perspective. In Part One, the authors explore topics such as the terminological problems of classification, verb complementation, the semantics and pragmatics of verbs and verbal combinations, and the notions of tense, aspect, voice and modality. In Part Two, computer corpora are used to study various types of verb complements and collocations, to trace the development in English of certain verb forms, and to detail the usage of verbs in different varieties and genres of English.

    • Strong line-up of contributors
    • Topic is of central interest to corpus-based linguistics
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    "This is a book for those interested in the structure and history of verbs in English. It is a varied presentation of current theoretical and descriptive work in English grammar and provides some valuable insights." Eduardo D. Faingold, Canadian Journal of Linguistics

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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026543
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    1. Introduction: theoretical and descriptive approaches to the study of the verb in English Bas Aarts and Charles F. Meyer
    Part I. Theoretical Approaches to the Study of the English Verb:
    2. Grammatical relations in English Charles F. Meyer
    3. Competence without comp? Richard Hudson
    4. On the semantics of the object I. M. Schlesinger
    5. Secondary predicates in English Bas Aarts
    6. The English perfect as a secondary past tense Rodney Huddleston
    7.'How does this sentence interpret?' The semantics of English mediopassives Andrew Rosta
    8. The expression of root and epistemic possibility in English Jennifer Coates
    Part II. Descriptive Approaches to the Study of the English Verb:
    9. Find and want: a corpus-based case study in verb complementation Jan Aarts and Flor Aarts
    10. Indeterminacy between noun phrases and adjective phrases as complements of the English verb Geoffrey Leech and Lu Li
    11. Having a look at the expanded predicate John Algeo
    12. 'This scheme is badly needed': some aspects of verb-adverb collocations Stig Johanssen
    13. That and zero complementisers in late modern English: exploring ARCHER from 1650–1990 Edward Finegan and Douglas Biber
    14. Changing patterns of complementation, and concomitant grammaticalisation, of the verb help in present-day British English Christian Mair
    15. Verbs in public and private speaking Jan Svartvik and Olof Ekedahl
    16. Some remarks on comment clauses Anna-Brita Stenström
    Index of names
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    Bas Aarts, University College London

    Charles F. Meyer, University of Massachusetts, Boston

    Contributors

    Bas Aarts, Charles F. Meyer, Richard Hudson, I. M. Schlesinger, Rodney Huddleston, Andrew Rosta, Jennifer Coates, Jan Aarts, Flor Aarts, Geoffrey Leech, Lu Li, John Algeo, Stig Johanssen, Edward Finegan, Douglas Biber, Christian Mair, Jan Svartvik, Olof Ekedahl, Anna-Brita Stenström

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