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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Title: Corpus-Based Approaches to Sentence Structures
Edited By: Toshihiro Takagaki
Susumu Zaima
Yoichiro Turuga
Francisco Moreno-Fernández
Yuji Kawaguchi
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=UBLI%202
Series Title: Usage-Based Linguistic Informatics 2

This is the second volume of the series "Usage-Based Linguistic
Informatics", a product of the 21st century COE program held at Tokyo
University of Foreign Studies (TUFS). The project has an objective to
realize an integration of theoretical and applied linguistics on the basis
of computer sciences. With a view to practically applying the results of
linguistic analysis to language education, the promotion of individual
language research has become a high-priority issue. A new field of
linguistic research is intended to be developed by elucidating the state of
linguistic usage based on the analysis of large amounts of linguistic data.
The volume, thus, consists mainly of language-specific corpus-based
analyses on sentence structures in ten different languages such as
Nuuchahnulth, Korean, Chinese, Malay, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French,
English and Spanish. It also includes papers that deal with various
theoretical issues in contrastive linguistics and typology.

Table of contents

Opening Address
Setsuho Ikehata 1–2

Center of Usage-Based Linguistic Information (UBLI)
Yuji Kawaguchi 3–7

Toshihiro Takagaki 9–13

Argument Structure in Discourse: Argument Choice in Possessive
Constructions in Nuuchahnulth
Toshihide Nakayama 15–31

Grammatical Markers in Early Baihua and Late Mediaeval Korean in Mengshan’s
Hideto Ito 33–49

When Words Form Sentences; Linguistic Field Theory: From Morphology through
Morpho-Syntax to Supra-Morpho-Syntax
Hideki Noma 51–75

A Usage-Based Analysis of the Causative Verb shi in Mandarin Chinese
Takayuki Miyake 77–94

A Typology of Languages Based on Valence/Voice-marking and Focus
Tsunekazu Moriguchi 95–125

Manner Adverb-like Adjectives in Malay
Isamu Shoho and Hiroshi Uzawa 127–149

Two Turkish Clause Linkages; -DIK- and - mE: A Pilot Analysis Based on the
METU Turkish Corpus
Yuji Kawaguchi 151–177

Semi-Productivity and Valence Marking in Arabic: The So-Called "verbal themes"
Robert R. Ratcliffe 179–190

The Imperfective Passive and Animacy in Russian
Hidehiko Nakazawa 191–212

A Correspondance between N0-V-N1-de-N2 and N0-V-N2-Loc-N1 in French: The
Case of Planter
Yoichiro Tsuruga 213–232

Verb Constructions in English and Japanese: A Contrastive Study on Semantic
Kiyoko Sohmiya 233–251

Verb Forms in the Lest-Clause in Present-Day English
Kazuyuki Urata 253–263

Project for the Sociolinguistic Study of Spanish from Spain and America
(PRESEEA): A Corpus with a Grammar and Discourse Bias
Francisco Moreno-Fernández 265–288

On the Productivity of the Spanish Passive Constructions
Toshihiro Takagaki 289–309

Index of Proper Nouns 311–312

Index of Subjects 313–315

Contributors 317

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Contrastive Ling
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
Chinese, Mandarin
Chinese, Yue
Korean, Middle
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027233144
ISBN-13: 9789027233141
Pages: vi, 317
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