Adjective Complementation

An empirical analysis of adjectives followed by <i>that</i>-clauses

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This is the first empirical study to focus on adjectives complemented by <i>that</i>-clauses. The in-depth analysis of more than 50,000 cases taken from the British National Corpus gives comprehensive insights into hitherto neglected relations of lexis and grammar. The result of this corpus-driven study is a novel classification of adjectives based on co-occurrence patterns and corroborated with the help of statistical means. The inductive analysis of corpus data offers new perspectives on and innovative descriptions of well-known phenomena of English grammar, such as extraposition or the resultative construction <i>so…that</i>. It is based on a new methodological approach, which looks at mutual relations of both lexis and grammar in unprecedented ways.

Subjects: Syntax; Theoretical linguistics; English linguistics; Germanic linguistics; Corpus linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Potsdam

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