A Valency Dictionary of English: A Corpus-Based Analysis of by Thomas Herbst, David Heath, Ian F. Roe, Dieter Götz

By Thomas Herbst, David Heath, Ian F. Roe, Dieter Götz

This dictionary offers a valency description of English verbs, nouns and adjectives. every one access includes a accomplished record of the complementation styles pointed out at the foundation of the biggest corpus of English on hand this present day. All examples are taken at once from the COBUILD/Birmingham corpus. The valency description contains statements concerning the quantitative valency of the lexical devices tested, a listing in their compulsory, contextually not obligatory and only non-compulsory enhances in addition to systematic details at the semantic and collocational houses of the enhances. an overview of the version of valency conception utilized in this dictionary is supplied within the advent. Key gains distinctive reference paintings without related ebook out there English is the world's most crucial lingua franca and the main often realized moment language

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Thus Ben in (20) a. Chy-an-Keris gave Ben a reasonable studio. must be classified as an optional complement if (20a) is seen as an occurrence of the same sense of give as (20) b. The former gasworks site, on which the Gallery stands, gave a perfect opportunity for a highly imaginative, stimulating and interesting design. but as an obligatory complement if the sense of give in (20a) is analysed as being different from any use in a trivalent pattern. Similarly, in St. Ives is an obligatory complement of live in (21) a.

As Ν A weight of data on a person gathered over 25 minutes is a lot more accurate as a predictor than what you think of someone as they smile at you. + in N/V-ing She had an unusual feminine ability to be meticulously accurate in punctua- 8 accuse tion and spelling. Some claim it is much more accurate in detecting heart disorders than the angiogram, the usual method of investigating chest pains due to blocked vessels. + on Ν Some of our sense of humility and awe of course came from the awareness that 'the information' would be accurate on items we could verify.

Symbols such as [to-INF]p¡t or [to-INF]p(|t) show the need for or the possibility of extraposition. 4 Obligatory, optional and contextually optional complements Round brackets are occasionally used to indicate the optionality of an element, especially in the phrasal verb section; however, in general the optionality of a complement follows from the fact that two patterns - one containing the optional complement and one without it - are given in the pattern block (for the same sense of the verb).

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