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Article: The nominative and infinitive in late modern english: A diachronic constructionist approach

TitleThe nominative and infinitive in late modern english: A diachronic constructionist approach
Authors
KeywordsConstructional schematicity
Diachronic construction grammar
Evidentiality
Grammaticalization
Nominative and infinitive
Issue Date2008
PublisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=36
Citation
Journal Of English Linguistics, 2008, v. 36 n. 4, p. 314-340 How to Cite?
AbstractThe English nominative and infinitive pattern (NCI), consisting of a passive utterance, cognition or perception verb followed by a to-infinitive, is the formal realization of at least three form-meaning pairings (or "constructions"). One of these is simply an instantiation of the passive construction. The other two have a "qualificational" function and are used to offer descriptions or serve as evidentiality markers. Although from a synchronic perspective the "evidential NCI construction" can be construed as a grammaticalization of the passive NCI, no such grammaticalization has taken place in English: Like the passive NCI, the evidential NCI is a borrowing from Latin. From a diachronic construction grammatical perspective, an investigation of the English history of the NCI pattern can still be interesting, however, in that it can reveal changes in the distribution of the pattern over different genres and provide evidence for its growing schematicity. This illustrates the complementarity of grammaticalization theory and diachronic construction grammar. © 2008 Sage Publications.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57915
ISSN
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.751
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dc.description.abstractThe English nominative and infinitive pattern (NCI), consisting of a passive utterance, cognition or perception verb followed by a to-infinitive, is the formal realization of at least three form-meaning pairings (or "constructions"). One of these is simply an instantiation of the passive construction. The other two have a "qualificational" function and are used to offer descriptions or serve as evidentiality markers. Although from a synchronic perspective the "evidential NCI construction" can be construed as a grammaticalization of the passive NCI, no such grammaticalization has taken place in English: Like the passive NCI, the evidential NCI is a borrowing from Latin. From a diachronic construction grammatical perspective, an investigation of the English history of the NCI pattern can still be interesting, however, in that it can reveal changes in the distribution of the pattern over different genres and provide evidence for its growing schematicity. This illustrates the complementarity of grammaticalization theory and diachronic construction grammar. © 2008 Sage Publications.en_HK
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dc.subjectConstructional schematicityen_HK
dc.subjectDiachronic construction grammaren_HK
dc.subjectEvidentialityen_HK
dc.subjectGrammaticalizationen_HK
dc.subjectNominative and infinitiveen_HK
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