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Reclassification of Non-alternating Locative Verbs in English

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Authors
Park, Wookyung
Issue Date
2018-04-30
Publisher
Language Education Research Center, Seoul National University
Citation
Language Research, Vol.54 No.1, pp. 59-77
Keywords
non-alternating locative verbsreclassificationcorpusCOCAGloWbE
Abstract
This study investigates non-alternating locative verbs in English, and reclassifies them on the basis of two English corpora—COCA and GloWbE—which were chosen because of their interface design, database design, and architecture. Considering that Pinkers classification was presented in 1989 but was based on the English used before 1989, the data from COCA (1990-2012) suits this research purpose better as it is being used to contrast. GloWbE was released in 2013 and contains data for 2012-2013. The corpus is a good platform to access authentic language sources currently in global use. The following questions are explored in this research: (1) Have the non-alternating locative verbs been used in previous classifications (Pinker, 1989; Levin, 1993)? (2) What type of verbs and how many verbs change their classes? (3) Is it possible to present a revised classification of locative verbs in English? This study showed that 10 verbs changed their classes, from the ground-only to the alternating verb class. Based on these results, a revised classification of non-alternating locative verbs was created.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/139745
DOI
https://doi.org/10.30961/lr.2018.54.1.59
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 54 Number 1/3 (2018)
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