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Constructions and result: English phrasal verbs as analysed in construction grammar
Anna Olson (author)Emma Pavey (thesis supervisor)Sean Allison (second reader)David Weber (external examiner)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
This thesis explores the difference between separable and non-separable transitive English phrasal verbs, focusing on finding a reason for the non-separable verbs’ lack of compatibility with the word order alternation which is present with the separable phrasal verbs. The analysis is formed from a synthesis of ideas based on the work of Bolinger (1971) and Gorlach (2004). A simplified version of Cognitive Construction Grammar is used to analyse and categorize the phrasal verb constructions. The results indicate that separable and non-separable transitive English phrasal verbs are similar but different constructions with specific syntactic reasons for the incompatibility of the word order alternation with the non-separable verbs.
English language – Verb phrase.Grammar, Comparative and general – Verb phrase.English language – Resultative constructions.Semiotics.Construction grammar.