Study on the Diachronic Grammaticalization of Like and Its Variants from Corpus-linguistic Perspective

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Study on the Diachronic Grammaticalization of Like and Its Variants from Corpus-linguistic Perspective

September 10, 2021 Literature and Education 0

The goal of this study is to look into the diachronic history of the word “like” and its forms “likely,” “like to,” “feel like,” and “would like to,” among others, during the grammaticalization process. The varieties of “like” and their historical trend of grammaticalization are shown in statistics from the corpora BNC and COHA. The findings show that “like” has had a significant role in both lexical and grammatical functions throughout history. Furthermore, the varieties and collocations of the word “like” are the outcome of constant human-language interaction. The findings have far-reaching consequences for second-language instruction.

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Qingliang Meng
Pinghu Teachers’ College, Jiaxing University, No. 888 Hongjia Road, Pinghu, Zhejiang 314200, P.R. China.School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, University College Dublin, Dublin 14, Dublin, Ireland.

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