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Noun phrase complexity in English, Eva Berlage, University of Hamburg, (electronic resource)

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Noun phrase complexity in English
Title
Noun phrase complexity in English
Statement of responsibility
Eva Berlage, University of Hamburg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book explores noun phrase complexity in English, showing that it is best accounted for both by a linear and a hierarchical parameter: its length and its type of postmodifier(s). The study is methodologically unique in that it combines univariate and multivariate analyses in an investigation of four different syntactic variables. Drawing on more than three billion words of British and American data, Eva Berlage shows that the length and the structure of the NPs, along with language-external factors such as the regional variety of English, work as powerful determinants of the variation. On a theoretical level, the book reveals that the structural complexity of NPs cannot be sufficiently captured by (phrasal) node counts but that we need to incorporate the degree to which NPs are sentential. The book is designed for researchers and students interested in syntax, language variation, sociolinguistics, structural complexity and the history of English"--
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Berlage, Eva
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Studies in English language
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  • English language
  • English language
Label
Noun phrase complexity in English, Eva Berlage, University of Hamburg, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-273) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. The variationist framework; 3. Methodology I: defining the syntactic complexity of NPs; 4. Methodology II: modes of data presentation, statistical procedures and electronic corpora; 5. Optional verb phrases in topic-restricting as far as constructions; 6. Word order variation involving the collocations take prisoner, hold prisoner and take hostage, hold hostage; 7. Word-order variation involving pre- and postposed notwithstanding; 8. Infinitival variation following help; 9. NP-complexity and change; 10. Conclusion and future directions
Control code
ssj0001225023
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxi, 276 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781107015128
Isbn Type
(Hardback)
Lccn
2014014353
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001225023
Label
Noun phrase complexity in English, Eva Berlage, University of Hamburg, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-273) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. The variationist framework; 3. Methodology I: defining the syntactic complexity of NPs; 4. Methodology II: modes of data presentation, statistical procedures and electronic corpora; 5. Optional verb phrases in topic-restricting as far as constructions; 6. Word order variation involving the collocations take prisoner, hold prisoner and take hostage, hold hostage; 7. Word-order variation involving pre- and postposed notwithstanding; 8. Infinitival variation following help; 9. NP-complexity and change; 10. Conclusion and future directions
Control code
ssj0001225023
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxi, 276 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781107015128
Isbn Type
(Hardback)
Lccn
2014014353
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001225023

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