Phrasal Constructions and Resultativeness in English

A sign-oriented analysis

Marina Gorlach | Metropolitan State College of Denver
ISBN 9789027215611 (Eur) | EUR 95.00
ISBN 9781588115973 (USA) | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027294852 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Eat up the apple or Eat the apple up ? Is there any difference in the messages each of these alternative forms sends? If there isn’t, why bother to keep both? On the other hand, is there any semantic similarity between eat the apple up and break the glass to pieces? This study takes a fresh look at a still controversial issue of phrasal verbs and their alternate word order applying sign-oriented theory and methodology. Unlike other analyses, it asserts that there is a semantic distinction between the two word order variants phrasal verbs may appear in. In order to test this distinction, the author analyzes a large corpus of data and also uses translation into a language having a clear morphological distinction between resultative/non-resultative forms (Russian). As follows from the analysis, English has morphological and syntactic tools to express resultative meaning, which allows suggesting a new lexico-grammatical category – resultativeness.
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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