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Neutral Phrasal Verbs in English

Abstract : This article examines the feature of neutrality in English phrasal verbs. In a formal classification of over 1,300 transitive phrasal verbs, a large part (350 entries or 27%) also exhibits the feature of neutrality. While some semantic classes favor neutrality in English, they do not automatically assure it, thus giving further evidence of the need for building lexicon-grammars. Since more than one meaning can sometimes be associated with a particular verb-particle combination, phrasal verbs enter into one of seven verbal syntactic classes as first defined by Boons, Guillet & Leclère (1976), a complexity further justifying formal lexicons.
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Peter Machonis. Neutral Phrasal Verbs in English. Takuya Nakamura, Éric Laporte, Anne Dister, Cédrick Fairon. Les Tables. La grammaire du français par le menu. Mélanges en hommage à Christian Leclère., Presses universitaires de Louvain, pp.229-237, 2010, Cahiers du CENTAL, 978-2-87463-204-4. ⟨hal-01369841⟩

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