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By J. C. Wells

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Title: The Progressive in Modern English
Subtitle: A Corpus-Based Study of Grammaticalization and Related Changes
Written By: Svenja Kranich
Series Title: Language and Computers 72

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789042031449
Pages: 285
Prices: Europe EURO 57
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789042031432
Pages: 285
Prices: Europe EURO 57