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1 Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta Department of Linguistics

Abstract : Using a lexicon-grammar approach developed by Maurice Gross 1992, this project involved systematically mapping the structural properties of over 550 transitive phrasal verbs with the particle -out- -PV out-. The data is analyzed in terms of two main tables or matrices. The first table illustrates the morpho-syntactic properties of purely simple -PV out- expressions, like -freak out the kid- ↔ -freak the kid out-. The second table illustrates the morpho-syntactic combinations of complex -PV out- expressions, as in -take the boxer out of the fight-. The research shows that -PV out- expressions may involve up to 25 syntactic features, including N 2 promotion, as in -The girl spilled the water out of the glass- → -The girl spilled the glass out-, complex-neutral constructions, like -The water spilled out of the glass-, and reversed constructions, like -The company farmed the oil out of the land- →-The company farmed the land out of oil-. The research shows that these syntactic combinations are highly lexical in that a unique combination of features applies to individual phrasal verbs.

Keywords : lexicon-grammar English phrasal verbs particle -out-





Author: Michelle Garcia-Vega -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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