The English Gerund-Participle; A Comparison with the Infinitive (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #61) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 61 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series.

Description


There is considerable confusion regarding the English suffix ing, which is usually treated as progressive. The sentence I regret telling him shows, however, that this is not always the case. The very same form can sometimes evoke an ongoing process and sometimes a completed action. This book brings much-needed clarity to this area of English grammar, proposing a simple coherent explanation based on meaning. ESL teachers will find it a valuable contribution to the focus on form approach. It will also be of interest to linguists as it addresses the problems of tense and control that have been the object of considerable debate.

About the Author


The Author: Patrick J. Duffley is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. He has published extensively in the area of complementation, and he is the author of The English Infinitive (1992) as well as numerous articles in linguistic journals.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780820463995
ISBN-10: 082046399X
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: May 10th, 2006
Pages: 188
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics