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Particle Semantics in English Phrasal and Prepositional Verbs. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1905914
  • June 2009
  • Region: England
  • 344 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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VPCs are one of the most problematic areas for EFL
learners. Unfortunately many pedagogical approaches
to VPCs give extra importance to the verbal element,
and the few theoretical accounts focusing on the
particle might still benefit from a sounder basis to
sustain their proposals and the development of
appropriate pedagogical materials. This book intends
to provide for this theoretical basis by taking a
particle-centred perspective to VPCs. After an
updated account on the semantics of particles, it
focuses on their contribution to VPCs and their
interaction with contextual elements to yield
specific meanings. Our claims are illustrated through
the analysis of different VPCs combining with In and
On. All uses of these prepositional and phrasal verbs
are classified in different stages of a
lexicalisation continuum and explained under the same
parameters, hence reducing the significance of the
traditional phrasal-prepositional verb distinction.
This book is the embryo for new lines of research on
particles and VPCs and the creation of pedagogical
materials for EFL learners; therefore it might be
especially useful to researchers and EFL teachers
interested in space semantics and VPCs.

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Antonio José, Silvestre López.
Studied English Philology and received his European Ph.D. in
Applied Linguistics at University Jaume I (Spain). His main
research interests embrace, among others, cognitive linguistics
(space semantics and linguistic categorisation), VPCs, and the
applications of corpora in EFL contexts. He is a lecturer of
Linguistics at University Jaume I.

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