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Title: English Mediopassive Constructions
Subtitle: A Cognitive, Corpus-Based Study of Their Origin, Spread, and Current Status.
Written By: Marianne Hundt
Series Title: Language and Computers 58

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.

List of tables and figures
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
Appendix 1: Primary material
Appendix 2: Sample pages of Sears & Roebucks catalogues
Appendix 3: Additional tables and figures

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9789042021273
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 222
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