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English detached adjectival constructions with an explicit subject: A quantitative corpus-based analysis


This article reports on the quantitative corpus-based investigation into the form-function interplay of the English detached adjectival construction with an explicit subject. Taking Usage-based Construction Grammar as its theoretical framework, this paper investigates the patterns of attraction of lexical items that appear in the main slots of the grammatical construction. The data obtained substantiate the constructional status of the construction and determine its semantic and functional specification in present-day English.

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Linguistics and Semiotics, Theoretical Frameworks and Disciplines, Linguistics, other