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Date: 06-Dec-2010 From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl> Subject: The Progressive in Modern English: Kranich E-mail this message to a friend
Title: The Progressive in Modern English
Subtitle: A Corpus-Based Study of Grammaticalization and Related Changes
Series Title: Language and Computers 72
Author: Svenja Kranich
Electronic: ISBN: 9789042031449 Pages: 285 Price: Europe EURO 57
Hardback: ISBN: 9789042031432 Pages: 285 Price: Europe EURO 57
This book constitutes the first full-length diachronic treatment of the English progressive from Old English to Present-day English, focusing on the crucial phase of its grammaticalization between the 17th and 20th centuries. It uses data from the British component of ARCHER-2 (A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers, version 2) to uncover the details of this long-term grammaticalization process, tracing the development of the construction from a stylistic device to a fully-fledged aspect marker. Illustrated by a wealth of examples, the work offers new results concerning the preferred linguistic environments and the development of the functions of the progressive. In contrast to previous studies, the author shows that there are certain restrictions to context expansion in grammaticalization. She argues convincingly that the persistent reluctance of the progressive to occur in certain contexts does not point to incomplete grammaticalization, but can instead be explained as a product of its particular functions. The author also challenges the tenet that grammaticalization is generally accompanied by subjectification.