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Constructional Competition – Preposition Stranding and Pied-Piping in World Englishes


Languages often possess two or more constructions that express a similar meaning. The choice between these competing constructions is frequently dependent on processing factors that interact in complex ways with stylistic as well as other linguistic variables. The present study now looks at one specific structural alternation, namely preposition placement in filler-gap constructions, and investigates it in various L1 and L2 Englishes:

a. This is a topic about which I want to know more! [pied-piping]
b. This is a topic which I want to know more about! [stranding]

As the examples in (1) show, Standard English has two competing placements of prepositions in relative constructions: in (1a) the preposition about is fronted to the initial position of the relative clause (it is “pied-piped”), while in (1b) it remains “stranded” (i.e. appears clause-internally without an adjacent NP complement;).

The present study will analyze the competition between the two structures using a combination of Usage-based Construction Grammar and New Englishes approaches. Drawing on corpus as well as experimental data, the project will thus generate important insights into the constructional network as well as the evolution of New Englishes.

Angaben zum Forschungsprojekt

Beginn des Projekts:2021
Ende des Projekts:2024
Projektleitung:Hoffmann, Prof. Dr. Thomas
Finanzierung des Projekts:Begutachtete Drittmittel
Geldgeber:Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Schlagwörter:DFG HO 3904/7-1
Eingestellt am: 28. Mär 2022 22:07
Letzte Änderung: 28. Mär 2022 22:07
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