Thomas Egan

List of John Benjamins publications for which Thomas Egan plays a role.



Time in Languages, Languages in Time

Edited by Anna Čermáková, Thomas Egan, Hilde Hasselgård and Sylvi Rørvik

[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 101] 2021. vi, 307 pp.
Subjects Comparative linguistics | Corpus linguistics | Historical linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Cross-linguistic Correspondences: From lexis to genre

Edited by Thomas Egan and Hildegunn Dirdal

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 191] 2017. vii, 295 pp.
Subjects Corpus linguistics | Theoretical linguistics


Egan, Thomas 2024 Simple and complex help constructions in English and Norwegian: A contrastive studyComparing Crosslinguistic Complexity, Ström Herold, Jenny and Magnus Levin (eds.), pp. 84–108 | Article
This paper reports on a study of verbal help constructions in English and Norwegian. It is based on data from the English–Norwegian Parallel Corpus, and discusses 11 constructions in all, nine of which have a close parallel in the other language. The constructions vary in syntactic complexity… read more
Egan, Thomas 2023 Giving in English and Norwegian: A contrastive perspectiveDitransitives in Germanic Languages: Synchronic and diachronic aspects, Zehentner, Eva, Melanie Röthlisberger and Timothy Colleman (eds.), pp. 365–375 | Chapter
This chapter investigates ditransitive constructions and their prepositional dative alternates, containing the cognate verbs English give and Norwegian gi, using data from the English–Norwegian Parallel Corpus (Johansson 2007). The bi-directional nature of the corpus enables us not only to… read more
Egan, Thomas and Siri Fürst Skogmo 2021  Just a moment: Brief times in English and NorwegianTime in Languages, Languages in Time, Čermáková, Anna, Thomas Egan, Hilde Hasselgård and Sylvi Rørvik (eds.), pp. 155–180 | Chapter
This chapter investigates two temporal lexemes, English moment and Norwegian øyeblikk, which may encode either a point in time (‘x happened at time y’) or an interval of time (‘x lasted for time y’). The data for the study comprise all instances of the two lexemes in the English and Norwegian… read more
Čermáková, Anna, Thomas Egan, Hilde Hasselgård and Sylvi Rørvik 2021 Time in languages, languages in timeTime in Languages, Languages in Time, Čermáková, Anna, Thomas Egan, Hilde Hasselgård and Sylvi Rørvik (eds.), pp. 1–8 | Chapter
Egan, Thomas 2018 Passive permissives: Being let and allowedChanging Structures: Studies in constructions and complementation, Kaunisto, Mark, Mikko Höglund and Paul Rickman (eds.), pp. 31–54 | Chapter
The ‘let NP bare infinitive’ construction differs from other common permissive constructions, such as ‘allow NP to-infinitive’ and ‘permit NP to-infinitive’ in being exceedingly rare in the passive. That is, while somebody may well be ‘allowed to do’ something, they are very seldom ‘let do’… read more
Egan, Thomas and Gudrun Rawoens 2017 Chapter 5. locative at seen through its Swedish and Norwegian equivalentsCross-linguistic Correspondences: From lexis to genre, Egan, Thomas and Hildegunn Dirdal (eds.), pp. 121–146 | Chapter
At is commonly understood to be one of three basic topological prepositions in English, the other two being in and on. While there are close equivalents in Swedish and Norwegian to both in and on, this is not the case for at. This chapter investigates the choices made by both Swedish and Norwegian… read more
Egan, Thomas and Hildegunn Dirdal 2017 Chapter 1. Lexis in contrast todayCross-linguistic Correspondences: From lexis to genre, Egan, Thomas and Hildegunn Dirdal (eds.), pp. 1–34 | Chapter
Egan, Thomas 2013 Tertia comparationis in multilingual corporaAdvances in Corpus-based Contrastive Linguistics: Studies in honour of Stig Johansson, Aijmer, Karin and Bengt Altenberg (eds.), pp. 7–24 | Article
This paper compares coding of the concept of ‘betweenness’ in English and French on the basis of translations of expressions in the same Norwegian texts into both languages. It argues that the original Norwegian expressions comprise a viable tertium comparationis for the comparison of the other two… read more
Egan, Thomas and Gudrun Rawoens 2013 Moving over in(to) English and French: A translation-based study of ‘overness’Text-based contrastive linguistics, Altenberg, Bengt and Karin Aijmer (eds.), pp. 193–211 | Article
In this paper we discuss ways in which the concept that, for want of a better word, we may describe as ‘overness’ is coded in motion predications in English and French. The concept of ‘overness’ is a relational one, the basic spatial sense of which involves some sort of (elongated) superiority of a… read more
Rawoens, Gudrun and Thomas Egan 2013 Distinguishing causative and permissive readings of the Swedish verb låtaFunctions of Language 20:1, pp. 64–89 | Article
In this paper an account is given of the semantics of the Present-day Swedish verb låta ‘let’ in constructions with an infinitival complement. It is generally assumed that the verb låta in this construction type can encode either causation or permission. From a synchronic perspective, the… read more
This paper traces the historical development of the verb prefer, with a particular emphasis on its occurrence with non-finite complements. Special attention is paid to the spread of the ‘prefer to’ construction in the 19th century at the expense of ‘prefer -ing’, a development running counter to… read more
This chapter revisits a construction discussed by Bolinger (1974), investigating whether his intuitive interpretation of it holds in the light of robust corpus data. Bolinger’s interpretation has been disputed, notably by Noël (2003), on the basis of what he takes to be diverging evidence from the… read more
This paper traces the development of the ‘fail to’ construction over the last three hundred years. In the eighteenth century, almost 95 percent of tokens of ‘fail to’ were negated. In corpora from the late twentieth century, on the other hand, fewer than 4 percent of all tokens of ‘fail to’ are… read more
This paper traces the evolution of to-infinitive complement constructions with the emotion matrix verbs like, love, hate and prefer over the past two hundred years. It proposes that when the matrix verb is not preceded by a modal auxiliary these constructions should be analysed in Present-day… read more