LINGUIST List 32.2518

Fri Jul 30 2021

FYI: Reconciling Synchrony, Diachrony and Usage in Verb Number Agreement with Complex Collective Subjects

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>



Date: 27-Jul-2021
From: Yolanda Fernández-Pena <yolanda.fernandezuvigo.es>
Subject: Reconciling Synchrony, Diachrony and Usage in Verb Number Agreement with Complex Collective Subjects
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Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to share information on the volume 'Reconciling Synchrony, Diachrony and Usage in Verb Number Agreement with Complex Collective Subjects', published within the Routledge Studies in Linguistics series.

This book uses corpus-based methodologies to investigate the wide variety of factors behind verb number agreement with complex collective noun phrases in English.
The literature on collective nouns and their agreement patterns spans an array of disciplines and approaches. However, little of the research conducted to date has focused on the influence of of-dependents on verb number with relational collective nouns, as in examples such as 'a bunch of' or 'a group of'. Drawing on data from two case studies – one based on the Corpus of Historical American English (COHA), and the other on the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) – Fernández-Pena uses statistical modelling to unpack the different morphological, syntactic, semantic and lexical dimensions of the variables affecting verb number agreement with complex collective noun phrases in English. This multidimensional analysis of the significance of of-dependents in the patterning and contemporary usage of collective nouns offers new insight into and understanding of both synchronic variation and diachronic change.

Further information: https://www.routledge.com/Reconciling-synchrony-diachrony-and-usage-in-verb-number-agreement-with/Fernandez-Pena/p/book/9780367417154

With best wishes,
Yolanda Fernández-Pena

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


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