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Books: Syntax/Text/Corpus Ling: Mukherjee

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        1.    Eric van Broekhuizen, English Ditransitive Verbs: Mukherjee

Message 1: English Ditransitive Verbs: Mukherjee

Date: 03-Dec-2004
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <>
Subject: English Ditransitive Verbs: Mukherjee

Title: English Ditransitive Verbs
 Subtitle: Aspects of Theory, Description and a Usage-based Model
 Series Title: Language and Computers Vol. 53  
 Publication Year: 2005 
 Publisher: Rodopi
 Author: Joybrato Mukherjee, Justus Liebig University Giessen
 Hardback: ISBN: 9042019344 Pages: IX, 295 Price: Europe EURO 65
 The present book offers fresh insights into the description of ditransitive
 verbs and their complementation in present-day English. In the
 theory-oriented first part, a pluralist framework is developed on the basis
 of previous research that integrates ditransitive verbs as lexical items
 with both the entirety of their complementation patterns and the cognitive
 and semantic aspects of ditransitivity. This approach is combined with
 modern corpus-linguistic methodology in the present study, which draws on
 an exhaustive semi-automatic analysis of all patterns of ditransitive verbs
 in the British component of the International Corpus of English (ICE-GB)
 and also takes into account selected data from the British National Corpus
 (BNC). In the second part of the study, the complementation of ditransitive
 verbs (e.g. give, send) is analysed quantitatively and qualitatively.
 Special emphasis is placed here on the identification of significant
 principles of pattern selection, i.e. factors that lead language users to
 prefer specific patterns over other patterns in given contexts (e.g.
 weight, focus, pattern flow in text, lexical constraints). In the last
 part, some general aspects of a network-like, usage-based model of
 ditransitive verbs, their patterns and the relevant principles of pattern
 selection are sketched out, thus bridging the gap between the
 performance-related description of language use and a competence-related
 model of language cognition.
 1 Ditransitive verbs in previous research and in the present work
 2 Methodology
 3 Aspects of description: ditransitive verbs in language use
 4 Aspects of a usage-based model of ditransitive verbs
 5 Summary and conclusion: corpus - co-selection - communicative competence
 References cited
 Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                      Text/Corpus Linguistics
 Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
 Written In: English  (ENG)
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