English Noun Phrases from a Functional-Cognitive Perspective

edited by Lotte Sommerer & Evelien Keizer

Lotte Sommerer & Evelien Keizer (eds.). 2019. English Noun Phrases from a Functional-Cognitive Perspective (Studies in Language Companion Series 221). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


From the publisher's website:

Despite a significant increase in interest over the last two decades in the English Noun Phrase, there are still many open questions and unexplored issues. The papers collected in this volume contribute to this ongoing research by addressing a range of topics concerning the internal structure, use and development of English Noun Phrases.

The eleven chapters represent three main themes:

  1. Determination, modification and complementation
  2. Shell nouns and the X-is construction
  3. Binominal constructions

These topics are approached in different ways: some chapters are synchronic in nature, others diachronic; and while most subscribe to functional-cognitive modelling, some take a more formal approach. In addition, different methodologies are employed, varying from qualitative and quantitative corpus analyses to experimental methods. As a result, the contributions to this volume represent both the main topics currently discussed in research on the English Noun Phrase, and the diversity in the way these topics are investigated.



Evelien Keizer is a professor of Functional and Cognitive Linguistics at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna.

Lotte Sommerer is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of English linguistics at the University of Freiburg, previously the University of Vienna.