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Title: The progressive in 19th-century English
Subtitle: A process of integration.
Written By: Erik Smitterberg
Series Title: Language and Computers Vol. 54

The present volume is an empirical, corpus-based study of the progressive
in 19th-century English. As the 1800s have been relatively neglected in
previous research, and as the study is based on a new cross-genre corpus
focusing on this period (CONCE = A Corpus of Nineteenth-Century English),
the volume adds significantly to our knowledge of the historical
development of the progressive. The use of two separate measures enables an
accurate account of the frequency development of the progressive, which is
also related to multi-feature/multi-dimensional analyses. Other topics
covered include the complexity of progressive verb phrases and the
distribution of the construction across linguistic parameters such as
clause type. Special attention is paid to progressives that express
something beyond purely aspectual meaning. The results show that the
progressive became more fully integrated into English grammar over the 19th
century, but also that linguistic and extralinguistic parameters affected
this integration process; for instance, the construction was more common in
women’s than in men’s private letters. Owing to the wide methodological
scope of the study, it is of interest to linguists specializing in corpus
linguistics, language variation and change, verbal syntax, the progressive,
or the linguistic expression of aspect, either in synchrony or diachrony.

Table of contents
List of tables and figures
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Material and data
Chapter 3. The frequency of the progressive in 19th-century English
Chapter 4. M-coefficients and factor score analysis
Chapter 5. Morphosyntactic variation in the verb phrase
Chapter 6. Variation with linguistic parameters
Chapter 7. The not-solely-aspectual progressive: An analytical approach
Chapter 8. Concluding discussion
Appendix 1. Primary material: The CONCE corpus
Appendix 2. Text-level codes used in CONCE
Appendix 3. Tests for statistical significance

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 904201735X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: XVI, 284 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 60