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Adjunct Adverbials in English


Part of Studies in English Language

  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107649347

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  • In this original study, Hilde Hasselgård discusses the use of adverbials in English, through examining examples found in everyday texts. Adverbials - clause elements that typically refer to circumstances of time, space, reason and manner - cover a range of meanings and can be placed at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a sentence. The description of the frequency of meaning types and discussion of the reasons for selecting positions show that the use of adverbials differs across text types. Adverbial usage is often linked to the general build-up of a text and part of its content and purpose. In using real texts, Hasselgård identifies a challenge for the classification of adjuncts, and also highlights that some adjuncts have uses that extend into the textual and interpersonal domains, obscuring the traditional divisions between adjuncts, disjuncts and conjuncts.

    • Shows the use and distribution of adverbials within real texts with the aid of corpus data
    • Analyses sentence grammar in the light of text and discourse
    • Uses a variety of text types to show the variety of adverbial usage clearly
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    '… everything has been solidly compiled, exemplified, quantified and argued. … Undoubtedly, Hasselgård's 2010 monograph is a worthy addition to the classics on English adverbials written in the Greenbaumian tradition and will for the foreseeable future remain the standard reference on the topic.' Bernd Kortmann, Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107649347
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Framework for Analysing Adverbials:
    1. Studying adjunct adverbials
    2. The classification of adverbials
    3. Some syntactic features of adverbial placement
    Part II. Adverbial Positions: Theme, Cohesion and Information Dynamics:
    4. Initial position
    5. Medial position
    6. End position
    7. The cleft focus position
    8. Combinations of positions
    Part III. Semantic Types of Adverbials: Subtypes, Frequencies and Usage:
    9. Space and time adjuncts
    10. Adjuncts of manner and contingency
    11. Other adjunct types: participant, respect, focus, degree, situation, comparison and viewpoint
    Part IV. Adjunct Adverbials in English:
    12. Adverbial usage across text types
    13. The grammar of English adjuncts: summary of findings and concluding remarks.

  • Author

    Hilde Hasselgård, Universitetet i Oslo
    Hilde Hasselgård is Professor of English Language at the University of Oslo. Her previous publications include Introducing English Grammar (with Magne Dypedahl and Berit Løken, 2006), English Grammar: Theory and Use (with Stig Johansson and Per Lysvåg, 1998) and a series of articles on word order, cohesion and information structure.

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