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The English -ing Form from a Recapitulationist Hypothesis Perspective
Lund University, Centre for Languages and Literature, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4732-3467
2008 (English)In: Facta Universitatis, Vol. 6, no 1, 35-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Viewing language as an evolutionary process can offer a new insight into our understanding of historical changes. It also raises significant questions to the nature of language. In this paper, the English -ing form is examined from a recapitulationist hypothesis perspective, aiming to elucidate the complexity around the grammatical category membership of the different functions of this form. The study of the -ing form in child language acquisition as compared to its history will lead to the discussion of how the functions are connected, both structurally and cognitively. By searching outside the traditional grammatical approaches to grammatical categories, it is possible to make clear the identity of the -ing form.

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University of Niš, 2008. Vol. 6, no 1, 35-50 p.
Keyword [en]
ing form, gerund, verbal noun, recapitulationist hypothesis, grammatical category
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62142OAI: diva2:439978
Available from: 2011-09-09 Created: 2011-09-09 Last updated: 2014-04-29Bibliographically approved

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