Inversion in Modern English

Form and function

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The book offers a comprehensive study of the different forms of subject-verb and subject-auxiliary-inversion in Modern English declarative sentences. It treats inversion as a speaker-based decision for reordering within a fairly rigid word order system and identifies the meaning of the construction in terms of point of view and speaker subjectivity. This semantic claim is tested against the occurrence, as well as the absence, of the different forms of inversion in natural discourse.
The analysis of the pragmatics and discourse function of inversion is based on the LOB and the Brown corpus and takes into account various textual relations: British and American English, written mode, style, text type, genre. The results suggest a strong affinity with the greater or lesser subjectivity of a text: the construction is a marker of interpersonal meaning. Provided the context is one of relative unexpectedness, it additionally becomes a discourse marker, which points to the limited value of quantitative corpus data in functional syntax.
[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 6]  1997.  x, 236 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Abbreviations
vii
1. Introduction
1
2. Word order in English: Some theoretical preliminaries
7
3. Inversion in English: The state of the art
19
4. The semantics of inversion
63
5. Inversion in discourse
125
6. Summary and conclusion
193
Appendix
201
Notes
204
References
214
Index
225
“[...] this book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on functional aspects of inversion in Modern English.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  96006511