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ERIC Number: ED061196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 126
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Structures of Modification in Contemporary American English.
Hough, George A., III
An attempt to shed some light on one type of linguistic structure, that structure which is sometimes called a structure of modification, is presented. The study is based on a fairly limited, but statistically ample corpus of 1,200 sentences taken from four metropolitan daily newspapers for the two years 1894 and 1964. From various sources a catalog of the various forms that modification may take was compiled and the sentences in the corpus were examined to see whether these structures did occur, in what ways, and how frequently. The book is divided into basically seven sections: Nature and Scope of the Study, Noun-Headed Structures of Modification: Pre-Nominal Modifiers, Noun-Headed Structures of Modification: Noun Markers, Noun-Headed Structures of Modification: Post-Nominal Modifiers, Verb-Headed Structures of Modification, Other Structures of Modification, and Conclusions: The Systems of Modification. It is concluded that the system of modification in present-day American English is a formal and intricate system; it is a highly predictable system, and in practice, a simple system. This study should have some practical use in applied linguistics. Further study along these lines is suggested. (CK)
Humanities Press, Inc., 303 Park Avenue South, New York, New York, 10010 ($6.00)
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