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Title: Morphosyntactic Alternations in English
Subtitle: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives
Edited By: Pilar Guerrero Medina
Series Title: Functional Linguistics
Description:

This volume brings together fourteen papers which explore the discourse-
pragmatic, semantic, morphological and syntactic factors involved in English
morphosyntactic alternations. The contributors to this volume deal with
different types of “diathesis alternations” - broadly defined by Levin (English
Verb Classes and Alternations. A Preliminary Investigation, 1993) as
“alternations in the expressions of arguments, sometimes accompanied by
changes of meaning” - i.e. transitivity alternations (such as the
causative/inchoative alternation and the conative alternation), alternations
involving arguments within the VP (such as the Swarm-alternation, and the
dative or benefactive alternations), etc. The volume will also include some
contributions dealing more generally with the issues of morphological
relatedness and verb-specific alternations within functionalist, cognitive
and/or constructionist frameworks.

The book features a wide range of theoretical approaches, ranging from
functionalist models such as Functional Discourse Grammar or the Cardiff
Grammar version of Systemic Functional Linguistics to more cognitively-
oriented approaches such as Goldberg’s Construction Grammar or Fillmore’s
Frame Semantics. This attempt to describe morphosyntactic alternations
within different contemporary theories - derivational and non-derivational - will
hopefully contribute to a better understanding of the linguistic phenomena
traditionally subsumed under the rubric of morphosyntactic alternation. The
book will be of interest to experienced linguists and researchers of a
functionalist, cognitivist or even functional-typological persuasion.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781845537449
Pages: 382
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