2004
Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171

Abstract

Abstract

This article presents a corpus-based comparison of the two most frequent progressive constructions in Dutch: the prepositional construction ‘be at the INF’ (PREP-progressive) and the posture verb construction ‘lie/sit/stand to INF’ (POS-progressive). Both constructions have in common that they cannot occur with stative verbs, both are grammaticalised constructions with locative origins, and both can often occur with the same verbs. However, we argue that each construction has its own semantic profile: the PREP-progressive has a profile, zooming in on the ongoing process itself, whereas the POS-progressive has a profile, typically locating the ongoing process in a well-described spatio-temporal frame. This profile is in fact a relic from their original postural use; as such, the POS-progressive provides a good illustration of Hopper’s (1991) persistence principle.

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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): collostructional analysis; Dutch; persistence; posture verbs; progressive
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