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The Verb Phrase in English: Investigating Recent Language Change with Corpora
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The Verb Phrase in English: Investigating Recent Language Change with CorporaThe Verb Phrase in English: Investigating Recent Language Change with Corpora

The chapters in this volume feature new and groundbreaking research carried out by leading scholars and promising young researchers from around the world on recent changes in the English verb phrase. Drawing on authentic corpus data, the papers consider both spoken and written English in several genres. Each contribution pays particular attention to the methodologies used for investigating short-term patterns of change in English, with detailed discussions of controversies in this area. This cutting-edge collection is essential reading for historians of the English language, syntacticians and corpus linguists.
 
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Second Language Teaching: A View from the Right Side of the Brain
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Second Language Teaching: A View from the Right Side of the BrainSecond Language Teaching, A View from the Right Side of the Brain:
-offers a practical introduction to the use of neuroscience to teach second languages;
-provides information on the relation between how the brain learns and how this can be used to construct classroom activities;
-evaluates methods, syllabi, approaches, etc. from the perspective of brain functioning;
-illustrates how teaching can unfold with actual examples in several languages.
This volume is indispensable in courses designed for language teachers, curriculum planners, and applied linguists.
 
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The Intonation of English Statements and Questions: A Compositional Interpretation
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The Intonation of English Statements and Questions: A Compositional InterpretationEnglish sentence prosody provides cues to both focus structure and speaker attitude. Taking the phonological model of intonation developed by Pierrehumbert (1880 et seq.) as point of departure, this work illuminates the communicative function of English pitch contours by (1) giving a detailed survey of phrase-final contours found in statements and questions, and (2) investigating what attitudinal features determine choice of phrasal tones in these utterance types. This comprehensive study will be of interest to linguists in a number of fields, ranging from prosody to semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis.
 
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The English It-Cleft: A Constructional Account and a Diachronic Investigation
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The English It-Cleft: A Constructional Account and a Diachronic Investigation

The English it-cleft is noted for its non-standard structure and for its unusual pragmatic and discourse-functional properties. This book presents a constructional account of the English it-cleft which is based on evidence from three main areas: (a) the concept of specificational meaning, (b) the existence of predicational (and proverbial) it-clefts, and (c) the early, historical it-cleft data. Featuring a sizeable diachronic component, the book contributes to the limited (and largely unchallenged) literature on the history of the English it-cleft.
 
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Parentheticals in Spoken English: The Syntax-Prosody Relation
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Parentheticals in Spoken English: The Syntax-Prosody Relation

Taking both an empirical and a theoretical view of the prosodic phrasing of parentheticals in English, this book reviews the syntactic and prosodic literature on parentheticals along with relevant theoretical work at the syntax-prosody interface. It offers a detailed prosodic analysis of six types of parentheticals - full parenthetical clauses, non-restrictive relative clauses, nominal appositions, comment clauses, reporting verbs, and question tags, all taken from the spoken part of the British Component of the International Corpus of English.
 
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Phrasal Verbs: The English Verb-Particle Construction and its History
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Phrasal Verbs: The English Verb-Particle Construction and its History

This book explores the English verb-particle construction from a historical and cross-linguistic perspective. Challenging established views and tracing their origins in the normative tradition, the author shows the evolution of theconstruction to follow a widely attested path and argues that the apparentpeculiarities of phrasal verbs in Modern English are epiphenomenal to otherstructural characteristics of the language.
 
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Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation
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Bad English: A History of Linguistic AggravationBad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong.
 
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