Corpora and Complementation: Tracing Sentential Complementation Patterns of Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs Over the Last Three Centuries

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Corpora and Complementation investigates the system of English predicate complementation over the last three centuries. The individual chapters shed light on central parts of the system, involving nouns, adjectives and verbs that select complement clauses. A focal point of the investigation is the to -ing, as in He resorted to borrowing money. Variation between this pattern and to infinitives is examined at length in the complements of different types of matrix predicates and it is argued that the to -ing pattern has been ...

Corpora and Complementation: Tracing Sentential Complementation Patterns of Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs Over the Last Three Centuries 2000, University Press of America, Lanham, MD

ISBN-13: 9780761817949

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