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Full-verb Inversion in Written and Spoken English

by José Carlos Prado Alonso (Author)
Thesis 261 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 127

Summary

This book presents a comprehensive corpus-based analysis of full-verb inversion in present-day English. The author examines the distribution and pragmatic functions of full-verb inversion in different fictional and non-fictional text styles as well as in the spoken language. Surprisingly enough, inversion in oral communication has not yet received the attention it deserves, since most work on the topic has been restricted to the written language. It has often been claimed that full-verb inversion occurs mainly in written discourse, but these claims have not yet been backed up by a detailed corpus-based analysis. This book provides a more conclusive picture of the distribution of full inversion in speech and writing and analyses the distinct pragmatic functions that the construction serves in these two modes of communication.

Details

Pages
261
ISBN (PDF)
9783035102529
ISBN (Softcover)
9783034305358
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (August)
Tags
Contemporary English and American Language Textual Linguistics Pragmatics Discourse Analysis
Published
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 261 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

José Carlos Prado Alonso (Author)

Carlos Prado-Alonso is a member of the research project Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization based in the Department of English and German of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

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Title: Full-verb Inversion in Written and Spoken English