A Corpus-Based Diachronic Study of a Change in the Use of Non-Finite Clauses in Written English

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dc.contributor.author Malá Marcela cs
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-25T12:19:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-25T12:19:35Z
dc.date.issued 2018 cs
dc.identifier.issn 1804-8722 cs
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.tul.cz/handle/15240/31978
dc.identifier.uri https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/pjes/6/1/article-p151.xml
dc.description.abstract Occasional notes in secondary literature suggest that there is a growing tendency to use non-fi nite clauses in written English. It is partly attributed to the fact that during the process of historical development the English fi nite verb has lost much of its dynamism and the nominal elements of predication, namely infi nitives, participles and gerunds have gradually become semantically more important. is paper deals with the occurrences of non-fi nite clauses in the tagged Brown/Frown and LOB/F-LOB corpora, which are matching corpora of American English and British English respectively. e article looks at 1) the use of noun phrases followed by -ing participles, -ed participles and to-infi nitives, 2) the use of -ing/-ed clauses with/without overt subordinators and 3) the occurrences of to-infinitive clauses. When the structural patterns 1), 2) and 3) were taken as wholes there was always an increase in the frequency of occurrence of non-fi nite clauses demonstrated by hundreds of examples in the Frown and F-LOB corpora. is may be considered signifi cant since there is only a 30-year diff erence between the Brown/Frown and LOB/F-LOB corpora. e fi ndings thus completely support the premise that when the perspective of the research is diachronic, in written English non-fi nite clauses are becoming increasingly prominent.
dc.format.extent 16 cs
dc.language.iso eng cs
dc.publisher de Gruyter cs
dc.relation.ispartof Prague Journal of English Studies
dc.relation.ispartofseries 0 cs
dc.subject Corpus-based diachronic research cs
dc.subject finite/non-finite clauses cs
dc.subject written English cs
dc.subject syntactic functions of clauses cs
dc.subject language change cs
dc.title A Corpus-Based Diachronic Study of a Change in the Use of Non-Finite Clauses in Written English cs
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1515/pjes-2017-0009
local.relation.volume 6
local.relation.issue 1 cs
local.relation.issue 1
local.citation.spage 151-166 cs
local.citation.epage 151-166 cs
dc.publisher.city Berlin cs
local.identifier.publikace 5449


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