The Function and Use of TO and OF in Multi-Word Units

The Function and Use of TO and OF in Multi-Word Units

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The highly frequent word items TO and OF are often conceived merely as prepositions, carrying little meaning in themselves. This book disputes that notion by analysing the usage patterns found for OF and TO in different sets of text corpora. Looking at historical roots and earlier corpus linguistic research, this study demonstrates that both OF and TO have clear semantic and pragmatic functions. The book analyses corpora from three types of text: spoken, semi-prepared spoken such as speeches, and written fiction to explore how the two words are used in English overall and what genre-specific characteristics stand out. This research makes clear that it is crucial to recognise that OF and TO are not only highly frequent items by themselves; they are also highly prominent in the most frequent bigrams, trigrams and even longer clusters. It needs to be taken into account that certain word forms predominantly appear in one single construction for our understanding of language.Other texts come from the British Library (BL) , Transport for London (TfL), a museum and a webdeveloper conference. ... the largest group is from the Digital Raamp;D Fund for the Arts ( amounting to six out of 21 files. ... in British Higher Education, undertaken in the period 2004a€“2007 at the universities of Warwick, Reading and Oxford ... Mick Short, Dr Elena Semino and Professor Tony McEnery, Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language, anbsp;...

Title:The Function and Use of TO and OF in Multi-Word Units
Author: Michael Pace-Sigge
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-09-29

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