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Query Details


Query Subject:   English & Arabic Preposition Drop
Author:   Mahmoud Abduljawad
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   Dear Colleagues,

The topic I am researching is concerned with the Preposition drop
alternations in English and Arabic as instances of transitivity
alternations in the sense that these alternations involve a change in
the transitivity of the verb. Specifically, in these alternations, a
verb is used either transitively or intransitively with a
prepositional phrase complement. In othert words, these alternations
are characterized by an alternation between these two frames:
[NP V Preposition NP] / [NP V NP], where the first one is intransitive
and the second is transitive. As indicated below, some verbs as in (1)
allow for this alternation, while others as in (2) do not:

1.a.Mary climbed up the mountain.
b.Mary climbed the mountain

2.a.The spaceship revolved around the earth.
b. *The spaceship revolved the earth.

I have a problem finding more English verbs that behave like the verb
in (1) due to the fact that I have no native speakers around to helpas informants. I would appreciate it if our Linguist readers provide me
with English examples like the one in(1) or any relevant references.
Your assistance is deeply appreciated!


Abdelgawad. T. Mahmoud, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Linguistics,
Chairman of the English Department,
Director of the English Language Center,
Faculty of Arts, University of Assiut, Egypt
LL Issue: 15.2690
Date posted: 29-Sep-2004



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