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LINGUIST List 17.298

Sat Jan 28 2006

Books: Historical Ling/Syntax, English: Perez Guerra

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Historical English Syntax: Perez Guerra


Message 1: Historical English Syntax: Perez Guerra
Date: 26-Jan-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Historical English Syntax: Perez Guerra


Title: Historical English Syntax
Subtitle: A statistical corpus-based study on the organisation of Early Modern English sentences
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 11
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.at

Author: Javier Perez Guerra, University of Vigo
Paperback: ISBN: 3895866512 Pages: 300 Price: Europe EURO 77.00
Paperback: ISBN: 3895866512 Pages: 300 Price: U.K. £ 53.11
Paperback: ISBN: 3895866512 Pages: 300 Price: U.S. $ 101.64
Abstract:

In this monograph the author explores the syntactic organisation of
declarative clauses from late Middle English to present-day English and
pays special attention to the consequences which the location of the
subject has for the determination of the unmarked word order in Early
Modern English. The data have been taken from two electronic corpora,
namely, The Helsinki Corpus of English Texts and the Lancaster/Oslo-Bergen
Corpus of British English.

The author outlines his own concept of 'theme,' which will be useful for
the (explanatory and descriptive) purposes of describing syntactic
(un)markedness. Such a concept leads to the existence of, on the one hand,
an unmarked SV organisation and, on the other, of several marked patterns,
viz sentences introduced by existential there, instances of subject
extraposition and insertion of it, clefts, topicalisations,
left-dislocations and subject inversions. The subsystems just mentioned are
located on a scale of markedness, according to two variables: first,
frequency, which is investigated by way of the statistical analysis of the
data, and, second, 'linguistic functionality.' This second variable has
been examined in the light of variables such as gender, textual category,
discourse taxonomy, orality and informative principles such as 'given
before new' or end-weight.

JAVIER PÉREZ-GUERRA lectures on English linguistics and corpus linguistics
at the Department of English, University of Vigo. His research is focused
on syntactic change from Early Modern English onwards.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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