Make us difficult
Portrait of a non-standard construction
This paper introduces a previously undiscussed English construction, termed the make us difficult construction. Examples of the construction are presented, from the International Corpus of English and the Corpus of Global Web-Based English, and a quantitative analysis is conducted of the construction’s text frequency and variant rates. Quantitative data on specific usage patterns is employed to inform an analysis of the construction and its productivity, and recommendations are made for future research.
Keywords: corpus linguistics, International Corpus of English, GloWbE, World Englishes, complex transitive, extraposition
Published online: 09 November 2020
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