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The subjective progressive in everyday written English: a study in pragmatics
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates constructions in everyday written English where the progressive form denotes subjectivity, based on samples from selected articles from the latest editions of the English periodicals The Times and The Observer (2007). Context features, so called ing-form collocations are analysed in order to see how subjectivity is carried out. Three different semantic functions or constructions in everyday written usage are focussed on: progressives and adverbial collocation, stative verbs expressing emotion and attitude and ellipsis of the copula 'be' as a semantic function to make the verb action more sensational or sentence-stressed. Semantic grammar definitions are the basis of the study and comparisons to those are made in order to search for constructions beyond the aspectual one that are likely to express subjectivity. The conclusion is that the investigated constructions as found in the periodicals all are evidence of contextual subjectivity markers, which convey different meanings depending on context. The aspectual meanings of the progressive as defined among the grammarians must not be excluded, but the form has an emotional effect often in conjugation with other contextual elements with subjective or emotional connotation.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-54626ISRN: LTU-DUPP--07/087--SELocal ID: b90d111e-3464-4565-bc89-ea8891aaf1f0OAI: diva2:1028008
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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