1. Full-verb Inversion in Present-day English:A Preliminary Account - 17
17 1. Full-verb Inversion in Present-day English: A Preliminary Account The term inversion has been used to refer to different, although re- lated, constructions in the literature on the topic. As a consequence, inversion has been understood very broadly. Green (1982: 120), for instance, defines inversions as “those declarative constructions where the subject follows part or all of its verb phrase”.1 As will be pointed out in section 1.1, this study concerns itself with a more restricted view of inversion; in particular, the focus will be on a specific type of inversion, namely so-called full-verb inversion. Section 1.2 offers an account of inversions which have been excluded from the present analysis, for reasons which will become clear later. After these pre- liminaries, 1.3 provides a formal classification of full-verb inversion types. Finally, section 1.4 briefly examines constructions such as ex- istential-‘there’, left-dislocation, preposing, and equative structures, which are close to full-verb inversion from a syntactic and pragmatic point of view, but nevertheless differ sufficiently as to be beyond the scope of this research. 1 There is no complete agreement among scholars as to what exactly is understood by verb phrase. According to Huddleston/Pullum (2002: 22), the term ‘verb phrase’ refers to “a verb group and its various complements”. By contrast, Quirk et al. (1985: 62) consider that “verb phrases consist of a main verb which either stands alone as the entire verb phrase, or is preceded by up to four verbs in an auxiliary function”. It is this...
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