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English Adjectives of Comparison

Author : Tine Breban
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Topics in English Linguistics Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University The future of English linguistics as envisaged by the editors of Topics in English Linguistics lies in empirical studies which integrate work in English linguistics into general and theoretical linguistics on the one hand, and comparative linguistics on the other. The TiEL series features volumes that present interesting new data and analyses, and above all fresh approaches that contribute to the overall aim of the series, which is to further outstanding research in English linguistics. English Adjectives Of Comparison Tine Breban, K.U. Leuven The book is concerned with a largely unrecognized grammaticalization process: deictification, or the development from quality-attributing to deictically used adjectives in the English noun phrase. On the basis of the synchronic and diachronic corpus-study of six English adjectives of comparison, deictification is shown to involve unstudied variants of subjectification and decategorialization.

English Adjective Comparison

Author : Victorina González-Díaz
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The present work contributes to a better understanding of the English system of degree by means of a study of a number of aspects in the evolution of adjective comparison that have so far either been considered controversial or not been ccounted for at all. As will be shown, the diachronic aspects analysed will also have synchronic implications. Furthermore, unlike previous synchronic as well as diachronic accounts of adjective comparison, this monograph does not concentrate on the 'standard' comparative strategies (i.e. inflectional and periphrastic forms) only, but also deals with double periphrastic comparatives, thus providing an analysis of the whole range of comparative structures in English.

Adjectives and Comparison in English

Author : Jan Rusiecki
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Descriptive Adequacy of Early Modern English Grammars

Author : Ute Dons
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The book deals with the development of descriptive models of English grammar writing during the Early Modern English period. For the first time, morphology and syntax as presented in Early Modern English grammars are systematically investigated as a whole. The statements of the contemporary grammarians are compared to hypotheses made in modern descriptions of Early Modern English and, where necessary, checked against the Early Modern English part of the Helsinki Corpus. Thus, a comprehensive overview of the characteristic features of Early Modern English is complemented by conclusions about the descriptive adequacy of Early Modern English grammars. It becomes evident that comments by contemporary authors occasionally reflect the corpus data more adequately than the statements found in modern secondary literature. This book is useful for (advanced) university students, as well as for scholars of English and grammarians in general.

The Development of Standard English 1300 1800

Author : Laura Wright
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There are many questions yet to be answered about how Standard English came into existence. The claim that it developed from a Central Midlands dialect propagated by clerks in the Chancery, the medieval writing office of the king, is one explanation that has dominated textbooks to date. This book reopens the debate about the origins of Standard English, challenging earlier accounts and revealing a far more complex and intriguing history. An international team of fourteen specialists offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual Standard English features. The volume ranges from Middle English to the present day, and looks at a variety of text types. It concludes that Standard English had no one single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of authoritative writing from many text types.

English Grammar and Learning Tasks for Tourism Studies

Author : Ma Ángeles ESCOBAR ÁLVAREZ
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Este libro desarrolla una gramática de la lengua inglesa a través de la puesta en marcha de una serie de tareas de aprendizaje en el campo de la industria turística, en las que se ponen en práctica las construcciones más prototípicas y frecuentes de la lengua inglesa en la comunicación oral y escrita. Los contenidos gramaticales se van desarrollando de forma paulatina a medida que aumenta la dificultad de su adquisición: de construcciones más sencillas a construcciones más complejas. El libro puede utilizarse en las clases de gramática de lengua inglesa para fines específicos en niveles B1, B2, C1 y C2.

A Functional Analysis of Present Day English on a General Linguistic Basis

Author : Vilém Mathesius
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Making Comparisons in English Similarities Dissimilarities Degrees

Author : Manik Joshi
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This Book Covers The Following Topics: Structure (1a) ---- Comparison of Actions - I Structure (1b) ---- Comparison of Actions - II Structure (2a) ---- Comparison of Qualities - I Structure (2b) ---- Comparison of Qualities - II Structure (3a) ---- Specific Similarity – Quality Adjectives Structure (3b) ---- Specific Similarity – Quality Nouns Structure (4) ---- Comparison of Number/Quantity Structure (5a) ---- As + Much/Many, etc. + Word/Words + As Structure (5b) ---- Comparative Estimates – Multiple Numbers Structure (6) ---- Parallel Increase or Decrease / Gradual Increase Structure (7) ---- Illogical Comparatives Structure (8) ---- General Similarity and Difference Structure (9) ---- Using Word ‘Compare’ or ‘Comparison’ Structure (10) ---- Comparison Degrees 10a. Regular and Irregular Forms of Adjectives 10b. Interchange of Positive and Comparative Degrees 10c. Interchange of Positive and Superlative Degrees 10d. Interchange of Comparative and Superlative Degrees 10e. Interchange of Positive, Comparative and Superlative Degrees EXERCISE – 1 EXERCISE – 2 Sample This: Structure (1a) ---- Comparison of Actions - I PATTERN 1: AFFIRMATIVE SENTENCE -ING form of Verb + Verb ‘Be’ + As + Adjective + As + -ING form of Verb Or It + Verb ‘Be’ + As + Adjective + To + Ordinary Verb + As + Ordinary Verb Writing is as easy as thinking. Jogging is as easy as exercising. Closing is as easy as opening. Designing is as easy as publishing. It is as easy to write as think. It is as easy to jog as exercise. It is as easy to close as open. It is as easy to design as publish. PATTERN 2: NEGATIVE SENTENCE -ING form of Verb + Verb ‘To Be’ + Not + As + Adjective + As + -ING form of Verb Or It + Verb ‘To Be’ + Not + As + Adjective + To + Ordinary Verb + As + Ordinary Verb Studying is not as easy as playing. Swimming is not as easy as running. Singing is not as easy as talking. Reading is not as easy as listening. It is not as easy to study as play. It is not as easy to swim as run. It is not as easy to sing as talk. It is not as easy to read as listen. Structure (1b) ---- Comparison of Actions - II PATTERN (A). Prefer/Would Prefer + -ING form of Verb + To + -ING form of Verb, OR (B). Prefer/Would Prefer + To + Ordinary Verb + Rather Than + Ordinary Verb, OR (C). Had Better/Had Rather/Had Sooner/Would Rather/Would Sooner + Ordinary Verb + Than + Ordinary Verb Example 1: I prefer studying to playing. I would prefer studying to playing. I prefer to study rather than play. I would prefer to study rather than play. I had better study than play. I had rather study than play. I had sooner study than play. I would rather study than play. I would sooner study than play. Example 2: You prefer writing to talking. You would prefer writing to talking. You prefer to write rather than talk. You would prefer to write rather than talk. You had better write than talk. You had rather write than talk. You had sooner write than talk. You would rather write than talk. You would sooner write than talk.

An Inductive Grammar of the English Language

Author : John Clark Ridpath
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Handling English Grammar 5

Author : Fr.George Plathottam
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Corpus Approaches to Contemporary British Speech

Author : Vaclav Brezina
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Featuring contributions from an international team of leading and up-and-coming scholars, this innovative volume provides a comprehensive sociolinguistic picture of current spoken British English based on the Spoken BNC2014, a brand new corpus of British speech. The book begins with short introductions highlighting the state-of-the-art in three major areas of corpus-based sociolinguistics, while the remaining chapters feature rigorous analysis of the research outcomes of the project grounded in Spoken BNC2014 data samples, highlighting English used in everyday situations in the UK, with brief summaries reflecting on the sociolinguistic implications of this research included at the end of each chapter. This unique and robust dataset allows this team of researchers the unique opportunity to focus on speaker characteristics such as gender, age, dialect and socio-economic status, to examine a range of sociolinguistic dimensions, including grammar, pragmatics, and discourse, and to reflect on the major changes that have occurred in British society since the last corpus was compiled in the 1990s. This dynamic new contribution to the burgeoning field of corpus-based sociolinguistics is key reading for students and scholars in sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, grammar, and British English.


Author : Angeliki Athanasiadou
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Subjectification is a widespread phenomenon and has emerged as a most pervasive tendency in diachronic semantic change (Traugott) and in synchronic semantic extension (Langacker). Its importance is increasingly valued despite the fact that it is an area that has been treated differently by different scholars. One of the book's objectives is to generate a clearer understanding of the two major models of subjectivity, to see where they can meet but also where intrinsic differences present barriers to any integration. Another objective is to speculate on whether the notions of subjectivity and subjectification have reshaped our understanding of grammar. The goals of the volume are the following: The volume brings together contributions dealing with particular areas of grammar in the framework of subjectivity and subjectification. Starting with Stein and Wright's 1995 edition, publications on the specific process have broadened the scope of this research. Indeed, the question 'how far have we come?', addressed in the introduction, has become central in reaching a clearer understanding of the above framework and even expanding it. Individual papers explore not only wider questions and implications on the theoretical status of subjectivity and subjectification in language, but are empirically supported by thorough and extensive data from different languages (Asian languages, German, Spanish, Greek, Dutch, English). These studies of particular areas of grammar (modals, adjectives) or of levels of analysis (syntax) can help implement or adapt the existing accounts of subjectivity made in the literature. The challenge for every single paper is to show whether the two major approaches (Langacker's and Traugott's) can possibly be integrated or whether they are fundamentally different. The papers also investigate into the questions whether we have a continuum from highly subjective to more objective, whether subjective need be opposed to objective, or whether subjective may also be understood in contrast to neutral (which is often the case in Traugott's examples of grammaticalization). Furthermore, the issue of intersubjectivity, i.e., putting the addressee's perspective onstage, is also discussed.

Principles of English Grammar

Author : Peter Bullions
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Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English

Author : Anneli Meurman-Solin
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The unifying topic of this volume is the role of information structure, broadly conceived, as it interacts with the other levels of linguistic description, syntax, morphology, prosody, semantics and pragmatics.

A Short Historical English Grammar

Author : Henry Sweet
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The Comparison of Adjectives in English in the XV and the XVI Century

Author : Louise Pound
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The Royal English dictionary or A treasury of the English language

Author : Daniel Fenning
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An English Grammar

Author : Lindley Murray
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A Shorter Course in English Grammar and Composition

Author : William Harvey Wells
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An analytical dictionary of the English language

Author : David Booth
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