Article published in:Current Trends in Contrastive Linguistics: Functional and cognitive perspectives
Edited by María de los Ángeles Gómez González, J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Elsa M. González Álvarez
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 60] 2008
► pp. 147–176
'Basically speaking': A corpus-based analysis of three English adverbs and their formal equivalents in Spanish
This chapter investigates the properties of basically, essentially andfundamentally and their formal Spanish equivalents básicamente, esencialmente and fundamentalmente, in corpora. After an initial study of the frequencies of the adverbs, I examine their collocational behaviour and show that the three English adverbs, although they share some patterns, nevertheless have distinct collocational profiles. This is also true of the Spanish adverbs, but there is much more overlap. The chapter then reports on a study of the syntactic properties of the adverbs. I investigate their positions within the clause, and make comparisons between adverbs and across languages. The results are of interest not only from descriptive and comparative perspectives, but also for language teaching and learning.
Published online: 17 December 2008
Cited by 2 other publications
Gómez González, María de los Ángeles, Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco Gonzálvez García & Angela Downing
Simon-Vandenbergen, Anne-Marie & Miriam Taverniers
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