LINGUIST List 31.1387

Fri Apr 17 2020

Books: The English Phrasal Verb, 1650–Present: Rodríguez-Puente

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Date: 09-Apr-2020
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Subject: The English Phrasal Verb, 1650–Present: Rodríguez-Puente
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Title: The English Phrasal Verb, 1650–Present
Subtitle: History, Stylistic Drifts, and Lexicalisation
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Paula Rodríguez-Puente
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107101746 Pages: 340 Price: U.S. $ 110
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107101746 Pages: 340 Price: U.K. £ 85

Providing a detailed and comprehensive account of the development of phrasal verbs from early modern to present-day English, this study covers almost 400 years in the history of English, and provides both a diachronic and synchronic account based on over 12,000 examples extracted from stratified electronic corpora. The corpus analysis provides evidence of how registers can inform us about the history of English, as it traces and compares the usage and stylistic drifts of phrasal verbs across ten different genres - drama, fiction, journals, diaries, letters, medicine, news, science, sermons, and trial proceedings. The study also sheds new light on the morpho-syntactic and semantic features of phrasal verbs, proposing a new approach to the category, considering not only on their grammatical features, but also their historical development, by discussing the category in terms of a number of central mechanisms of language change.

Provides readers with new evidence concerning the status of phrasal verbs based on empirical evidence over a long time span

Uses corpus evidence to provide new insights into the nature of the particles and phrasal-combinations

Provides readers with a better understanding of the morpho-syntactic and semantic features of phrasal verbs under three great processes of linguistic change (grammaticalisation, lexicalisation, and idiomatisation)

1. Introduction
2. Corpus and methodology
3. Delimiting the scope of the study: what are phrasal verbs?
4. The relationship between phrasal verbs and the processes of grammaticalisation, lexicalisation, and idiomatisation
5. Phrasal verbs 1650–1990: Linguistic aspects
6. Phrasal verbs 1650–1990: cross-genre distribution
7. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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