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Syntax of -ing Forms in Legal English


Slávka Janigová

The study is concerned with the issue of -ing forms in both the theoretical aspect (morpho-syntactic delimitation of the scalar range of -ing forms) and practical aspect (survey of their occurrence in a legal English corpus). The research concentrates on the syntactic analysis of -ing verbal nouns, gerunds and -ing participles, and is aimed to reveal the conditioning factors that influence the selection of a particular type of the nominalisations under analysis.
Contents: Degrees of nominalisation, complex condensation – Ing-forms in the projection of time (a diachronic approach) – Inflectional versus derivational nature of the -ing affix (a synchronic approach) – Status of respective types of -ing forms in terms of word-class assignment – Syntactic analysis of a legal English corpus – Summary of the factors conditioning the selection of a particular type.