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Full-verb Inversion in Written and Spoken English


José Carlos Prado Alonso

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.


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Appendix I: The corpora - 231


231 Appendix I: The corpora Table 35. Composition of the Press editorial category in FLOB and FROWN. Table 34. Composition of the Press reportage category in FLOB and FROWN. SAMPLES TEXTS B01-04 Institutional editorial B05-08 Personal editorial B09-11 National Daily Letters to the editor B12-13 Institutional editorial B14-15 Personal editorial B16 National Sunday Letters to the editor B17-19 Institutional editorial B20-22 Personal editorial B23-24 Provincial Daily Letters to the editor B25 Institutional editorial B26 Personal editorial B27 Provincial Weekly Letters to the editor SAMPLES TEXTS A01-06 Political A07-08 Sports A09-10 Society All-14 Spot news A15-16 Financial A17-19 National Daily Cultural A20-21 Political A22-23 Sports A24 Spot news A25 Financial A26 National Sunday Cultural A27-31 Political A32-33 Sports A34-37 Spot news A38 Financial A39-40 Provincial Daily Cultural A41 Sports A42 Society A43 Spot news A44 Provincial Weekly Cultural 232 SAMPLES TEXTS C01-06 National Daily C07-11 National Sunday C12-14 National weekly C15-16 Provincial Daily C17 Provincial Weekly Table 36. Composition of the Press review category in FLOB and FROWN. SAMPLES TEXTS D01-09 Books D10-17 Periodicals and tracts Table 37. Composition of the Religion category in FLOB and FROWN. SAMPLES TEXTS E01-05 Homecraft, handyman E06-10 Hobbies E11-13 Music, dance E14 Pets E15-18 Sport El9-20 Food, wine E21-22 Travel E23-26 Miscellaneous E27-35 Trade, professional journals E36-38 Farming SAMPLES TEXTS G01-35 Biography, memoirs G36-41 Literary essays and criticism G42-50 Arts G51-77 General essays Table 38. Composition of the Skills, trades, and hobbies category in FLOB and FROWN. Table 39. Composition of the Popular lore category...

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