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By Hans-Jörg Schmid

The way forward for English linguistics as envisaged by way of the editors of themes in English Linguistics lies in empirical reports which combine paintings in English linguistics into common and theoretical linguistics at the one hand, and comparative linguistics at the different. The TiEL sequence beneficial properties volumes that current attention-grabbing new facts and analyses, and specifically clean methods that give a contribution to the general goal of the sequence, that is to additional striking learn in English linguistics.

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This means that, as Quirk et al. (1985: 1231) put it, "the assumption of correspondence cannot be automatic, for it may fail in both directions". 10) Joan is likely to get married. •Joan's likelihood to get married. 11) *It is likely of Joan's getting married ... the likelihood of Joan's getting married ... Erring on the side of caution, I will therefore start out from what could be called the zero-hypothesis that there is no direct correspondence between the meanings of the three types of clauses in combination with verbs and in combination with nouns.

Radford 1997), also works with the notion of noun complementation, there are two criteria for determining the status of complements: the existence of cooccurrence restrictions between the complement and the noun, and the dependence of the form of the complement on the noun. My own impression is that even when these criteria are applied, a strict general separation between postmodifiers and complements is impossible if one considers the whole range of possible sequences of abstract nouns followed by clauses.

Wierzbicka's, HJS] analyses are roughly compatible with the ones sketched below" (1991: 439). Givón talks of a "systematic isomorphism that exists between the semantics of the complement-taking verbs, and the syntax of verb-plus-complement constructions" (1990: 515). He correlates ^ai-clauses with "cognition-utterance verbs" and infinitives with so-called "manipulative verbs" (1990: 517-561). With cognition-utterance verbs, the main clauses contain verbs of perception, cognition, mental attitude or verbal utterance, and the complement clauses express propositions.

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