Patterns and Development in the English Clause System - A Corpus-Based Grammatical Overview
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This book examines in detail the forms and functions of clause combination in English. Using a corpus linguistics methodology, it describes how the English clause system currently behaves, how it has developed over the history of the language, and how the features and properties of English clause combination have important theoretical and empirical significance. Adopting the cognitive-functional Adaptive Approach to grammar, it offers a series of interconnected studies that investigate how English clause combination interacts with the properties of coherence and cohesion in discourse across historical time, as well in contemporary language use. This work contributes to the ever-increasing common ground between corpus linguistics and cognitive-functional linguistics, producing new paths for interdisciplinary research.
Examines the emergence and development of the clause hierarchy over the history of English using corpus linguistics
Presents original corpus-based research, both diachronic and synchronic, using the major state-of–the-art English corpora
Provides solid empirical evidence for hierarchical organization in the clause system and the Adaptive Approach to grammar
Dr Clarence Green holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Melbourne. He is currently a lecturer in Psycholinguistics and Corpus Linguistics at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.