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Academic Paper

Title: Revisiting Hudson’s (1992) OO = O2 hypothesis: A usage-based variationist approach to the English ditransitive construction
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Author: Yoshikata Shibuya
Author: Kim Ebensgaard Jensen
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Institution: Københavns Universitet
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: In an important paper on the English “double-object”, or ditransitive, construction, Richard Hudson proposes a hypothesis that conflates the ditransitive direct object, or O2, and the monotransitive direct object, or OO, into the same syntactic functional category. While making important departures from a number of unfortunate assumptions within mainstream formal theories of linguistics at the time, the OO = O2 hypothesis itself is problematic in the perspective of contemporary cognitive linguistics. This paper addresses the hypothesis from the perspective of usage-based construction grammar. Applying simple collexeme analysis and multifactorial heatmap analysis to instances of OOs and O2s in ICE-GB, this paper shows that the usage-patterns of both are far too complex, displaying cross-register variation, for the OO = O2 hypothesis to be tenable. The findings provide support for a usage-based variationist account in defining syntactic functional categories.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia. E-pub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1080/03740463.2017.1333873
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