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Title: Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English
Edited By: Günter Rohdenburg
Britta Mondorf
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics 43

What factors influence the choice between alternative grammatical structures such as the following: a lit / lighted cigarette, more full / fuller of convincing arguments, the main thesis of the book / the book´s main thesis, take hostage a group of 15 holidaymakers / take a group of
15 holidaymakers hostage, conceding that the argument is convincing / conceding the argument to be convincing? This is the central issue explored in this volume, which contains a unique selection of innovative in-depth empirical studies written in a broadly functional framework.

The factors investigated include the following: phonological influences (such as the principle of rhythmic alternation and optimal syllable structure), frequency, pervasive semantic and pragmatic aspects (including iconicity, markedness, gram-maticalization and typological tendencies), information structure, processing complexity and horror aequi (the avoidance of identity effects).

This volume is essential reading for everyone in the field of English grammar and all those interested in how functionalism can be brought to bear in illuminating language structure and use.
>From the contents:

Manfred Krug
Frequency as a determinant in grammatical variation and change

Julia Schlüter
Phonological determinants of grammatical variation in English: Chomsky's worst possible case

Thomas Wasow and Jennifer Arnold
Post-verbal constituent ordering in English

Stefan Th. Gries
Grammatical variation in English: A question of 'structure vs. function'?

John A. Hawkins
Why are zero-marked phrases close to their heads?

Günter Rohdenburg
Cognitive complexity and horror aequi as factors determining the use of interrogative clause linkers in English

Britta Mondorf
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Uwe Vosberg
The role of extractions and horror aequi in the evolution of -ing- complements in Modern English

Christian Mair
Gerundial complements after begin and start: Grammatical and sociolinguistic factors, and how they work against each other

Dirk Noël
Is there semantics in all syntax? The case of accusative and infinitive constructions vs. that-clauses

Anette Rosenbach
Aspects of iconicity and economy in the choice between the s-genitive and the of-genitive in English

Anatol Stefanowitsch
Constructional semantics as a limit to grammatical alternation: The two genitives of English

Olga C. M. Fischer
Principles of grammaticalization and linguistic reality

Peter Siemund Varieties of English from a cross-linguistic perspective: Intensifiers and reflexives

Lieselotte Anderwald
Non-standard English and typological principles: The case of negation

Sali A. Tagliamonte 'Every place has a different toll': Determinants of grammatical variation in cross-variety perspective.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110176475
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 564
Prices: Euro 84.00 /sFr 134,- / approx. US$ 84.0