Article published in:English Historical Linguistics 2006: Selected papers from the fourteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 14), Bergamo, 21–25 August 2006. Volume I: Syntax and Morphology
Edited by Maurizio Gotti, Marina Dossena and Richard Dury
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 295] 2008
► pp. 223–240
Emotion verbs with to-infinitive complements: From specific to general predication
This paper traces the evolution of to-infinitive complement constructions with the emotion matrix verbs like, love, hate and prefer over the past two hundred years. It proposes that when the matrix verb is not preceded by a modal auxiliary these constructions should be analysed in Present-day English as encoding general rather than specific predications. In Late Modern English, on the other hand, these same constructions were widely used to encode specific predications. Using data from the BNC and the Corpus of Late Modern English Texts, the chapter demonstrates how these constructions have become increasingly restricted to encoding general predications over the past two hundred years. This development is related to the parallel expansion of -ing complement constructions and of toinfinitive complement constructions with modalised matrix verbs.
Published online: 09 July 2008
Cited by 3 other publications
Lorenz, David & David Tizón-Couto
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