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dc.contributor.authorEsteban-Segura, Laura
dc.contributor.authorSalles-Bernal, Soluna
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-17T12:26:22Z
dc.date.available2016-11-17T12:26:22Z
dc.date.created2016
dc.date.issued2016-11-17
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10630/12407
dc.description.abstractThe conative alternation (“conative” from Latin conor/conari, “to try or attempt”) is a particular type of verb alternation (or argument structure alternation) which modifies the interpretation of the verb towards suggesting “an attempted action without specifying whether the action was actually carried out” (Levin 1993, 42). Contrariwise, the transitive variant indicates the completion of the action. This verb alternation is mainly represented with an at-construction, as in the following examples: (i) John hit the door vs. (ii) John hit at the door, where the former entails that the door was actually hit, while the latter does not necessarily imply that the action of the verb was completed. The conative construction also conveys a reduced degree of effectiveness (Riemer 2010, 354). Hence, (ii) above predicates that the event of hitting took place irrespective of success. The set of verbs that allow the conative alternation is restricted to some semantic fields, e.g. verbs of contact by impact (hit, kick) and verbs of cutting (cut, slash), among others (Levin 1993, 41), being the unmarked variant the predominant in terms of frequency. Although the study of this type of alternation has received some attention (van der Leek [1996], Broccias [2003], Beavers [2010], and Perek and Lemmens [2010]), the question of its origin has not been addressed and further investigation is therefore needed, particularly from a diachronic point of view. All this considered, the present study aims to explore the origin and development of the conative construction in English by looking at its occurrence in several diachronic and syncronic corpora. Furthermore, an attempt will be made to establish whether the construction accomodates to a particular collocation pattern (at subject or object level).es_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversidad de Málaga. Campus de Excelencia Internacional Andalucía Tech.es_ES
dc.language.isoenges_ES
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccesses_ES
dc.subjectInglés - Verboes_ES
dc.subject.otherConative alternationes_ES
dc.subject.otherVerb alternationes_ES
dc.subject.otherHistory of Englishes_ES
dc.subject.otherCollocation patternses_ES
dc.titleThe origin and development of the conative alternation in englishes_ES
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObjectes_ES
dc.centroFacultad de Filosofía y Letrases_ES
dc.relation.eventtitle40º AEDEAN Conferencees_ES
dc.relation.eventplaceHuescaes_ES
dc.relation.eventdate8/11/2016es_ES
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