Grammaticalization and English Complex Prepositions: A Corpus-based Study

1st Edition

Sebastian Hoffmann

Published February 9, 2015
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781138878310 - CAT# Y179698
Series: Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics


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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.

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