Date: 03-Nov-2006 From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl> Subject: English Mediopassive Constructions: Hundt
Title: English Mediopassive Constructions
Subtitle: A Cognitive, Corpus-Based Study of Their Origin, Spread, and Current
Series Title: Language and Computers 58
Author: Marianne Hundt
Hardback: ISBN: 9789042021273 Pages: 222 Price: Europe EURO 50.00
This book provides the first empirical study of the history and spread of mediopassive constructions. It investigates the productivity of the pattern, the spread of the construction in Modern English, and looks into text type-specific preferences for the construction. On a more abstract level, it combines the corpus-based description of mediopassive constructions with cognitive linguistic models, drawing largely on notions such as 'prototype', 'family resemblances', 'patch' and 'construction.' The theoretical modelling is largely based on data from real texts. These come from publicly available machine-readable corpora, text-databases and a single-register 'corpus' (American mail-order catalogues). The study combines the corpus-based approach with cognitive theories and is therefore of interest to both empirical and theoretical linguists.
Contents List of tables and figures Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Defining the object of study Chapter 3: Previous studies Chapter 4: Theoretical background Chapter 5: The mediopassive in Present Day English Chapter 6: The history of mediopassives Chapter 7: Conclusion References Appendix 1: Primary material Appendix 2: Sample pages of Sears & Roebucks catalogues Appendix 3: Additional tables and figures Index