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  1. lincom.europa, Existential There-Constructions in Contemporary British English: Insua

Message 1: Existential There-Constructions in Contemporary British English: Insua

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 10:04:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: Existential There-Constructions in Contemporary British English: Insua

Title: Existential There-Constructions in Contemporary British English
Subtitle: A Corpus-Driven Analysis of their Use in Speech and Writing
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in English Linguistics 07

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Lincom GmbH

Author: Ana E. Mart´┐Żnez Insua

Paperback: ISBN: 3895867365, Pages: 200, Price: EURO 64
Paperback: ISBN: 3895867365, Pages: 200, Price: US $76.80
Paperback: ISBN: 3895867365, Pages: 200, Price: GBP 42.88


The present study of contemporary English existential
there-constructions (TCs) offers a general view of the state-of-art in
current investigation about these constructions, and a corpus-driven
analysis of their use in present day British speech and writing. From
a functional perspective, this work gathers data from a sub-corpus of
the British National Corpus and pays special attention to the
influence that the medium of expression might have on the frequency,
distribution, form and function of TCs. It addresses the need for a
joint approach to TCs that focuses not only on their syntactic and
semantic aspects, but also on their pragmatics. From the initial
assumption of the signal function of there and TCs, the study proposes
a pragmatic categorization of TCs in context, and presents it as the
basis for an effective methodology that might lead to a better
understanding of TCs and their use in contemporary English. (also see
the LINCOM webshop: Course discounts available!

Lingfield(s):	Corpus Linguistics,

Subject Language(s):	English
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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