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HELP or HELP to: What do corpora have to say?

McEnery, A. M. and Xiao, R. Z. (2005) HELP or HELP to: What do corpora have to say? English Studies, 86 (2). pp. 161-187. ISSN 0013-838X

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we will examine a range of factors that may potentially influence a language user's choice of a full or bare infinitive following HELP. The factors include language variety, language change, spoken/written distinction, semantic distinction, and syntactic conditions, namely, an intervening noun phrase or adverbial, the number of intervening words, to preceding HELP, the passive construction, inflections of HELP, and it as the subject. Six corpora are used in this paper, four written corpora (LOB, Brown, FLOB and Frown) and two spoken corpora (the speech section of the BNC and the Corpus of Professional Spoken American English, CPSA).

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: English Studies
    Additional Information: The version available here is the final manuscript. The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, English Studies, 86 (2), 2005, © Informa Plc
    Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus ; language variety ; language change ; register ; syntax
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 51
    Deposited By: Dr Richard Xiao
    Deposited On: 17 Jun 2005
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 14:55
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51

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