Variation in Non-finite Constructions in English

Trends Affecting Infinitives and Gerunds

  • Mark Kaunisto
  • Juhani Rudanko

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mark Kaunisto, Juhani Rudanko
    Pages 1-14
  3. Mark Kaunisto, Juhani Rudanko
    Pages 131-138
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 139-145

About this book


This book sheds new light on the nature of gerunds in English, utilizing data from very large electronic corpora in order to compare pairs of patterns viewed as constructions. It serves as a contribution to the study of complementation, an under-researched area of investigation which bridges observations at the intersection of lexico-grammar, syntax and semantics. As a result, the reader develops their understanding of the meaning and use of each pattern within the system of English predicate complementation as it has evolved in recent times. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of English linguistics, especially English grammar. 

Mark Kaunisto is a Senior Lecturer at Tampere University, Finland. His work includes corpus-based studies on morphological rivalry, word-formation, neologisms, and usage guidebooks.

Juhani Rudanko is Professor Emeritus at Tampere University, Finland. His latest work focuses on the evolution of predicate complementation in recent English and the application of linguistic pragmatics to the analysis of political debates in the early American Republic.


language variation subject object control British English (BrE) American English (AmE) Hansard corpus British National Corpus (BNC) adjectives Covert Noun Phrase Objects Bach's Generalization pragmatics Inner Core Outer Core matrix predicates verb valency

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Kaunisto
    • 1
  • Juhani Rudanko
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Information Technology and Communication SciencesTampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.Faculty of Information Technology and Communication SciencesTampere UniversityTampereFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-19043-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-19044-6
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