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A Case Study in Verbs Operating in the Presentation and/or Quality Scale Respectively: BUZZ and SEIZE


ADAM Martin

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Silesian Studies in English 2015. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of English and American Studies.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords FSP; scale; presentation; quality; verb; Sketch Engine; BNC
Description The present, corpus-based paper sets out to explore the cardinal role of the English transitional verb within the sentence perspective. In the framework of Firbasian theory of FSP, sentences implement either Presentation or Quality Scale; many transitional verbs generally appear to be capable of acting within both the scales. The paper, being a pilot study of intended research, strives to examine the syntactic and semantic qualities of the verbs buzz and seize, and to show under what conditions they tend to operate in one of the dynamic semantic scales. Model sentences, extracted from the British National Corpus through Sketch Engine concordance, will be contrasted and discussed in terms of their presentational/qualitative features.

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