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English Coordinate Constructions
A Processing Perspective on Constituent Order


Part of Studies in English Language

  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107040885

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  • Drawing on extensive corpus-based research, this book explores the nature and behavior of coordinate constructions in three case studies, covering order in copulative compounds, binomials (bare phrases), and more complex phrases. Historically, research on order in coordination has concentrated on so-called irreversible binomials, but Lohmann's research places significant focus on reversible ad hoc coordination and also presents a detailed comparison between irreversible and reversible binomials. This book uses empirical analyses to explore a wide range of factors, ranging from pragmatic to phonetic influences on the ordering process. It also offers readers a processing perspective on the results obtained, and puts forth a processing explanation for the characteristics of irreversible binomials. The book is ideal for researchers and advanced students working in English linguistics, syntax and psycholinguistics, and due to the multifactorial methodology applied it will be of particular interest to quantitatively minded corpus linguists.

    • Investigates the ordering process in a number of English coordinate constructions and points out its relevance for other linearization phenomena
    • Discusses multifactorial approaches to investigating ordering phenomena
    • Presents a discussion of linearization in the framework of language production models
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    'A tour de force of modern variation linguistics - and a cutting edge demonstration of how processing affects the ordering in coordinated structures along phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic parameters.' Britta Mondorf, Mainz University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107040885
    • length: 225 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Previous research on ordering in coordinate constructions
    3. Variables and hypotheses
    4. Data and method
    5. Order of compound constituents
    6. Order of bare noun phrases (binomials)
    7. Order of complex noun phrases
    8. Results
    9. A comparative discussion of the results
    10. A processing perspective
    11. Implications and outlook
    12. Summary and conclusion.

  • Author

    Arne Lohmann, Universität Wien, Austria
    Arne Lohmann is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of English at the University of Vienna.

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