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The Progressive in Modern English : a Corpus-Based Study of Grammaticalization and Related Changes

Author: Svenja Kranich
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2010, ©2010.
Series: Language and computers, no. 72.
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"This book constitutes the first full-length diachronic treatment of the English progressive from Old English to Present-day English, focusing on the crucial phase of its grammaticalization between the 17th and 20th centuries. It uses data from the British component of ARCHER-2 (A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers, version 2) to uncover the details of this long-term grammaticalization process,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Svenja Kranich
ISBN: 9789042031432 9042031433 9789042031449 9042031441
OCLC Number: 671693363
Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Theoretical background and methodology --
The functions of the progressive in present-day English --
A brief overview of the development of the progressive before the Modern English period --
Changes in frequency and the impact of external factors on the progressive in Modern English --
Linguistic contexts of the Modern English progressive --
The functions of the progressive in Modern English --
Evidence for grammaticalization and subjectification.
Series Title: Language and computers, no. 72.
Responsibility: Svenja Kranich.

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"This book constitutes the first full-length diachronic treatment of the English progressive from Old English to Present-day English, focusing on the crucial phase of its grammaticalization between the 17th and 20th centuries. It uses data from the British component of ARCHER-2 (A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers, version 2) to uncover the details of this long-term grammaticalization process, tracing the development of the construction from a stylistic device to a fully-fledged aspect marker. Illustrated by a wealth of examples, the work offers new results concerning the preferred linguistic environments and the development of the functions of the progressive. In contrast to previous studies, the author shows that there are certain restrictions to context expansion in grammaticalization. She argues convincingly that the persistent reluctance of the progressive to occur in certain contexts does not point to incomplete grammaticalization, but can instead be explained as a product of its particular functions. The author also challenges the tenet that grammaticalization is generally accompanied by subjectification."--Publisher's website.

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