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A case of constructional contamination in English: Modified noun phrases influence adverb placement in the passive
Résumé This paper discusses a case of what Pijpops and Van de Velde (2016) call constructional contamination. Specifically, we investigate the influence of English modified noun phrases on variation in adverb placement in the passive. On the basis of data from the COCA, we argue that highly frequent nominal expressions such as sexually transmitted disease influence adverb placement in the passive, which offers speakers a choice between adverb-initial order (The disease was sexually transmitted) and adverb-final order (The disease was transmitted sexually). Our results thus corroborate findings from Dutch corpora (Pijpops and Van de Velde 2016) and suggest that constructional contamination is a phenomenon that can be observed across different languages. We further discuss the role of constructional contamination for analogy and contrast.
   
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Citation Hilpert, M. (2022). A case of constructional contamination in English: Modified noun phrases influence adverb placement in the passive. In Contrast and analogy in language: Perspectives from Cognitive Linguistics. (pp. 1-24). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
   
Type Chapitre de livre (Anglais)
Année 2022
Titre du livre Contrast and analogy in language: Perspectives from Cognitive Linguistics
Editeur commercial John Benjamins (Amsterdam)
Pages 1-24
Liée au projet Re-thinking English Modal Constructions: From feature-bas...