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Title: Left-peripheral expansion of the English NP
Author: Freek van de Velde
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Homepage: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/nedling/fvandevelde/index.htm
Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This article is concerned with peripheral modifiers in the English noun phrase. It is argued that this kind of modification is an Early Modern English innovation. Later, in the nineteenth century, the slot underwent a rapid extension on both the type and the token levels, as is shown by historical corpus inquiry. To account for the diachronic processes involved, a constructional, usage-based approach is used, with an onomasiological rather than a semasiological perspective on grammaticalisation.

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This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 15, Issue 2.

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