LINGUIST List 16.369

Mon Feb 07 2005

Books: Syntax/Text/Corpus Ling, English: Kaltenböck

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        1.    Elisabeth Farago, It-extraposition and Non-extraposition in English: Kaltenböck

Message 1: It-extraposition and Non-extraposition in English: Kaltenböck

Date: 04-Feb-2005
From: Elisabeth Farago <>
Subject: It-extraposition and Non-extraposition in English: Kaltenböck

Title: It-extraposition and Non-extraposition in English
Subtitle: A study of syntax in spoken and written texts
Series Title: Austrian Studies in English, Vol 90
Published: 2005
Publisher: Wilhelm Braumüller

Author: Gunther Kaltenböck
Editor: Holger Klein
Editor: Manfred Markus
Editor: Herbert Schendl
Paperback: ISBN: 3700314612 Pages: 326 Price: Europe EURO 31.90

As classic examples of formal syntactic analysis,it-extraposition and
non-extraposition have received considerable attention in the
transformational literature. This book offers a different perspective.
While including a detailed formal analysis which provides extensive
quantitative data, its main concern is that of a functional description of
the extraposition paradigm. Based on a large-scale corpus of
naturally-occurring instances of it-extraposition and non-extraposition,
Kaltenböck's study provides an in-depth analysis of their respective
communicative functions in spoken and written texts. In doing so it takes a
close look at the question of choice within this syntactic paradigm: Why
does a speaker or writer choose one constructional variant rather than the
other? What are the factors that influence this choice? Taking into account
the use and distribution of (non-)extraposition in a wide range of
different text types, the study identifies a number of specific
communicative properties for each variant, amply illustrated with examples
from the corpus.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

Written In: English (ENG )

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