David Denison

List of John Benjamins publications for which David Denison plays a role.


Morphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession

Edited by Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Alan K. Scott

[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 199] 2013. xii, 341 pp.
Subjects Generative linguistics | Morphology | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


This chapter examines a recent use of so in spoken British English, namely as a discourse marker conveying acceptance of an invitation to take the floor and give an explanation. I demonstrate a long-term increase in turn-initial so, dating the specifically ‘explanatory so’ to the 2010s in Britain.… read more
Denison, David 2018 Chapter 5. Why would anyone take long? Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of longCategory Change from a Constructional Perspective, Van Goethem, Kristel, Muriel Norde, Evie Coussé and Gudrun Vanderbauwhede (eds.), pp. 119–148 | Chapter
I review the word classes proposed for long in such idiosyncratic English usages as I won’t be/take long, all night long. Although adverb fits most of the contentious data best, sometimes the word class is underdetermined. I suggest that long exhibits adjective ~ adverb underspecification from Old… read more
Börjars, Kersti, David Denison and Alan K. Scott 2013 IntroductionMorphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession, Börjars, Kersti, David Denison and Alan K. Scott (eds.), pp. vii–xii | Article
Börjars, Kersti, David Denison, Grzegorz Krajewski and Alan K. Scott 2013 Expression of possession in English: The significance of the right edgeMorphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession, Börjars, Kersti, David Denison and Alan K. Scott (eds.), pp. 123–148 | Article
In this paper we investigate one aspect of the factors that govern the choice in expression of possession in English between the possessive ’s (poss-s), and the of-construction (poss-of). We are particularly interested in the categorization of the poss-s as a clitic or an affix. Since the key… read more
Denison, David 2010 Category change in English with and without structural changeGradience, Gradualness and Grammaticalization, Traugott, Elizabeth Closs and Graeme Trousdale (eds.), pp. 105–128 | Article
This paper offers a partial taxonomy of changes of category (word class), exemplified with recent English data. The paper takes as its starting point a structuralist syntax which employs constituent structure and conventional category labels but which lacks empty categories or elaborate functional… read more
Denison, David, Alan K. Scott and Kersti Börjars 2010 The real distribution of the English “group genitive”Studies in Language 34:3, pp. 532–564 | Article
The English possessive ’s (POSSLS) is widely regarded as a clitic which attaches at the right edge of noun phrases. The so-called “group genitive”, where POSSLS attaches after a postmodifier (the man in the corner’s hat), is crucial to theoretical accounts. We evaluate both theoretical and… read more
Denison, David 2004 Do grammars change when they leak?New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics: Selected papers from 12 ICEHL, Glasgow, 21–26 August 2002, Kay, Christian, Simon Horobin and Jeremy J. Smith (eds.), pp. 15–29 | Article
Denison, David 2000 Combining English auxiliariesPathways of Change: Grammaticalization in English, Fischer, Olga, Anette Rosenbach and Dieter Stein (eds.), pp. 111–147 | Article
Denison, David 1990 The old English impersonals revivedPapers from the 5th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Adamson, Sylvia M., Vivien A. Law, Nigel Vincent and Susan Wright (eds.), pp. 111 ff. | Article
Denison, David 1985 The origins of periphrastic Do: Ellegård and Visser reconsideredPapers from the 4th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Amsterdam, April 10–13, 1985, Eaton, Roger, Olga Fischer, Willem F. Koopman and Frederike van der Leek (eds.), pp. 45 ff. | Article