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A comprehensive account of full-verb inversion in English

Carlos Prado-Alonso
  • Facultad de Filología, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain. E-mail address:
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Published Online: 2010-12-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flin.2010.018

Despite the abundant corpus-based research on full-inversion constructions in which the subject follows the entire verb phrase in a declarative clause, the analysis of this construction in the spoken mode has traditionally been neglected since it has been suggested that natural speech is not a good source of inversions. The article shows that speech, too, can be a good source of data for full inversion and that the spoken and the written modes do not differ in the overall distribution of the construction but rather in the types of inversion used and in the pragmatic functions these inversions serve in discourse. The article also casts light on the lack of consensus regarding the distribution of full inversion in written fictional and non-fictional texts, and in the pragmatic function the construction serves in both genres.

Keywords:: corpus linguistics; word order; inversion; pragmatics; iconicity

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Received: 2009-12-18

: 2010-01-17

Accepted: 2010-02-15

Published Online: 2010-12-08

Published in Print: 2010-12-01


Citation Information: Folia Linguistica, Volume 44, Issue 2, Pages 509–554, ISSN (Online) 1614-7308, ISSN (Print) 0165-4004, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flin.2010.018.

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