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'Her COLTISH energy notwithstanding': An examination of the adposition 'notwithstanding'
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2002 (English)In: From the COLT's mouth: ...and others', Rodopi, Amsterdam , 2002, 213-229 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The formal adposition 'notwithstanding' is unique in English, in that it can occur prepositionally or postpositionally, both patterns being of long standing. Using corpora of present-day English and newspaper CDs, a total of 1845 million words were examined, yielding 8964 instances of 'notwithstanding'. The current distribution of 'notwithstanding' exhibits almost exactly the same aggregate pre- and postpositional frequencies, but distinct differences are found in the different geographical varieties, with written American English being most willing to use the postpositional form. In its prepositional use, the governed NP can be quite long (some 15% of these instances contained an NP > 15 words), whereas the postpositional use is normally much shorter (85% of its instances contained an NP < 7 words). The postpositional use in particular appears to be most common in sentence-initial position.

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Rodopi, Amsterdam , 2002. 213-229 p.
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adposition, preposition, postposition, corpus linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-18040ISBN: 90-420-1479-2OAI: diva2:184562
Available from: 2007-10-16 Created: 2007-10-16Bibliographically approved

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