Postmodifying Attributive Adjectives in English

An Integrated Corpus-Based Approach

by Lars M. Blöhdorn (Author)
©2009 Thesis XVI, 201 Pages
Series: English Corpus Linguistics, Volume 7


This study investigates three different postmodifying adjective constructions in the English language. While English adjectives generally precede the entities they modify, they may also occur in postmodifying position. This study assumes that the different postmodifying constructions are a positional variation of attributive premodification. The support for this claim is derived from a detailed analysis of the general syntax and semantics of adjectives as well as a cross-check of previous theories with a wide range of actual language examples taken from computerized corpora. An approach from the Prague School ‘Functional Sentence Perspective’ enables this study to accomplish an integrated view of adjectival postmodification.


XVI, 201
ISBN (Softcover)
Amerikanisches Englisch Functional Sentence Perspective Adjektiv Syntax Korpus (Linguistik) Adjective Syntax Adjective Semantic Syntax-Semantics-Interface
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XVI, 201 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Lars M. Blöhdorn (Author)

The Author: Lars M. Blöhdorn, born in 1976, completed his M.A. studies in English and History at the University of Kiel (Germany) in 2002. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics in 2008 and teaches English linguistics and practical language courses at the University of Kiel. His main interests lie in the syntax and semantics of adjectives, corpus linguistics, second language acquisition, and grammar teaching.


Title: Postmodifying Attributive Adjectives in English