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The English Phrasal Verb, 1650-Present : History, Stylistic Drifts, and Lexicalisation, Hardback Book

The English Phrasal Verb, 1650-Present : History, Stylistic Drifts, and Lexicalisation Hardback

Part of the Studies in English Language series


Providing a detailed and comprehensive account of the development of phrasal verbs from early modern to present-day English, this study covers almost 400 years in the history of English, and provides both a diachronic and synchronic account based on over 12,000 examples extracted from stratified electronic corpora.

The corpus analysis provides evidence of how registers can inform us about the history of English, as it traces and compares the usage and stylistic drifts of phrasal verbs across ten different genres - drama, fiction, journals, diaries, letters, medicine, news, science, sermons, and trial proceedings.

The study also sheds new light on the morpho-syntactic and semantic features of phrasal verbs, proposing a new approach to the category, considering not only on their grammatical features, but also their historical development, by discussing the category in terms of a number of central mechanisms of language change.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 340 pages, 44 Tables, black and white; 41 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Language: history & general works
  • ISBN: 9781107101746



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