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Verb in Contemporary English Theory and Description

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ISBN-10: 0521460395

ISBN-13: 9780521460392

Edition: 1995

Authors: Bas Aarts, Charles F. Meyer

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This collection of essays by some of the leading scholars in the field sheds new light on the verb in English. The central concern of the volume is to illustrate that verbs can only be adequately and properly understood if studied from both a theoretical and descriptive perspective. In part one, theoretical topics are explored: terminological problems of classifying verbs and verb-related elements, the determining properties of verbs, verb complementation, the semantics and pragmatics of verbs and verbal combinations, and the notions of tense, aspect, voice and modality. In part two, computer corpora are used to study various types of verb complements and collocations, to trace the…    
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List price: $169.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/4/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

BAS AARTS is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London, UK. He has published widely in the field and is one of the founding editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics .

List of contributors
Introduction: theoretical and descriptive approaches to the study of the verb in English
Theoretical Approaches to the Study of the English Verb
Grammatical relations in English
Competence without comp?
On the semantics of the object
Secondary predicates in English
The English perfect as a secondary past tense
'How does this sentence interpret?' The semantics of English mediopassives
The expression of root and epistemic possibility in English
Descriptive Approaches to the Study of the English Verb
Find and want: a corpus-based case study in verb complementation
Indeterminacy between noun phrases and adjective phrases as complements of the English verb
Having a look at the expanded predicate
'This scheme is badly needed': some aspects of verb-adverb collocations
That and zero complementisers in late modern English: exploring ARCHER from 1650 1990
Changing patterns of complementation, and concomitant grammaticalisation, of the verb help in present-day British English
Verbs in public and private speaking
Some remarks on comment clauses
Index of names
Subject index