LINGUIST List 14.817

Thu Mar 20 2003

Books: Syntax, English: Rohdenburg, Mondorf (eds.)

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  1. mouton, Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English

Message 1: Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English

Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 12:57:54 +0000
From: mouton <>
Subject: Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English

Title: Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics 43
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Availability: Available
Editor: G�nter Rohdenburg, 
Editor: Britta Mondorf, 
Hardback: ISBN: 3110176475, Pages: vi, 564, Price: Euro 84.00 /sFr
 134,- / approx. US$ 84.00
What factors influence the choice between alternative grammatical
structures such as the following: a lit / lighted cigarette, more full
/ fuller of convincing arguments, the main thesis of the book / the
book's main thesis, take hostage a group of 15 holidaymakers / take a
group of 15 holidaymakers hostage, conceding that the argument is
convincing / conceding the argument to be convincing? This is the
central issue explored in this volume, which contains a unique
selection of innovative in-depth empirical studies written in a
broadly functional framework.

The factors investigated include the following: phonological influences
(such as the principle of rhythmic alternation and optimal syllable
structure), frequency, pervasive semantic and pragmatic aspects
(including iconicity, markedness, gram-maticalization and typological
tendencies), information structure, processing complexity and horror
aequi (the avoidance of identity effects).

This volume is essential reading for everyone in the field of English
grammar and all those interested in how functionalism can be brought to
bear in illuminating language structure and use.

>From the contents:

Manfred Krug
Frequency as a determinant in grammatical variation and change

Julia Schl�ter
Phonological determinants of grammatical variation in English:
Chomsky's worst possible case

Thomas Wasow and Jennifer Arnold
Post-verbal constituent ordering in English

Stefan Th. Gries
Grammatical variation in English: A question of 'structure vs.

John A. Hawkins
Why are zero-marked phrases close to their heads?

G�nter Rohdenburg
Cognitive complexity and horror aequi as factors determining the use
of interrogative clause linkers in English

Britta Mondorf
Support for more-support

Uwe Vosberg
The role of extractions and horror aequi in the evolution of -ing-
complements in Modern English

Christian Mair
Gerundial complements after begin and start: Grammatical and
sociolinguistic factors, and how they work against each other

Dirk No�l
Is there semantics in all syntax? The case of accusative and
infinitive constructions vs. that-clauses

Anette Rosenbach
Aspects of iconicity and economy in the choice between the s-genitive
and the of-genitive in English

Anatol Stefanowitsch
Constructional semantics as a limit to grammatical alternation: The
two genitives of English

Olga C. M. Fischer
Principles of grammaticalization and linguistic reality

Peter Siemund Varieties of English from a cross-linguistic
perspective: Intensifiers and reflexives

Lieselotte Anderwald
Non-standard English and typological principles: The case of negation

Sali A. Tagliamonte
'Every place has a different toll': Determinants of grammatical
variation in cross-variety perspective.
Lingfield(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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