pISSN: 1598-3293

영어영문학연구, Vol.62 no.4 (2020)
pp.153~176

DOI : 10.18853/jjell.2020.62.4.007

Middle Constructions and Adverbs : A Corpora-based Analysis

Kang, Namkil

(Far East University)

The ultimate goal of this paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of the frequency of eight major middle verbs (photograph(s), wash(es), handle(s), cut(s), break(s), translate(s), frighten(s), and read(s)) and adverbs within the Corpus of Contemporary American English and the British National Corpus. The major characteristics of middle constructions are that the subject of middle constructions must be a definite NP and that an intransitive verb can occur in the middle construction only when a definite NP has an event which is an intrinsic characteristic or property of the definite NP. The major point of middle constructions is that the adverb well is the most widely used collocation along with the middle verbs photograph(s), wash(es), handle(s), translate(s), and read(s) in American English, whereas the adverb well is the most commonly used collocation along with the middle verbs photograph(s), wash(es), handle(s), and read(s) in British English. When it comes to the middle verb break(s), break(s) even is the most widely used collocation in both American English and British English. As for the middle verb cut(s), cut(s) deeply is the most frequently used collocation in American English, whereas cut(s) sharply is the most commonly used collocation in British English.
  중간동사구문; 중간동사; 한정명사구; 코카; 비엔씨 ;middle verb construction; middle verbs; definite NPs; COCA; BNC

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