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219 5. Summary and Conclusions This study has presented the findings of a comprehensive corpus- based analysis of the various forms of full-verb inversion in written and spoken Present-day English. What follows is a summary of this analysis, together with the main conclusions, organised by chapter and section as in the study itself. Chapter 1 offered some theoretical preliminaries. Section 1.1 provided a definition of the term full-verb inversion, which has re- ceived a host of different names in the literature: inversion-over-verb (Green 1985), Type-A inversion (Stein 1995), subject-verb inversion (Biber et al. 1999), and subject-dependent inversion (Huddleston/ Pullum 2002), among others. The construction was defined as a syn- tactic structure in which “the subject occurs in postposed position while some other dependent of the verb is preposed” (Huddleston/ Pullum 2002: 1385). It was distinguished from subject-operator in- version, which refers to those syntactic structures in which “the sub- ject is preceded by the operator rather than by the main verb or a full verb phrase” (Biber et al. 1999: 911). Section 1.2 dealt with an account of the inversion types which, for methodological reasons, were excluded from the analysis. This involved cases of verb-first inversions, that is, inversions in which the verb was the first syntactic constituent in the clause. The motiva- tion for this exclusion was that the scope of the research was re- stricted to the analysis of verb-second inversions in declarative clauses, that is, inversions in which the verb is placed in second position within the...
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