Morphosyntactic Alternations in English : Functional and Cognitive Perspectives, Hardback Book

Morphosyntactic Alternations in English : Functional and Cognitive Perspectives Hardback

Edited by Pilar Guerrero Medina

Part of the Functional Linguistics series


This volume brings together fourteen papers which explore the discourse-pragmatic, semantic, morphological and syntactic factors involved in English morphosyntactic alternations.

The contributors to this volume deal with different types of diathesis alternationsA" -broadly defined by Levin (English Verb Classes and Alternations.

A Preliminary Investigation, 1993) as alternations in the expressions of arguments, sometimes accompanied by changes of meaningA" -i.e. transitivity alternations (such as the causative/inchoative alternation and the conative alternation), alternations involving arguments within the VP (such as the Swarm-alternation, and the dative or benefactive alternations), etc.

The volume will also include some contributions dealing more generally with the issues of morphological relatedness and verb-specific alternations within functionalist, cognitive and/or constructionist frameworks. The book features a wide range of theoretical approaches, ranging from functionalist models such as Functional Discourse Grammar or the Cardiff Grammar version of Systemic Functional Linguistics to more cognitively-oriented approaches such as Goldberg's Construction Grammar or Fillmore's Frame Semantics.

This attempt to describe morphosyntactic alternations within different contemporary theoriesA--A-- -derivational and non-derivational- will hopefully contribute to a better understanding of the linguistic phenomena traditionally subsumed under the rubric of morphosyntactic alternation.

The book will be of interest to experienced linguists and researchers of a functionalist, cognitivist or even functional-typological persuasion.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Semantics
  • ISBN: 9781845537449



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