Corpora in grammatical studies. Corpus Linguistics Richard Xiao firstname.lastname@example.org. Aims of this session. Lecture Corpus-based grammar: Scope and principles The state of the art of using corpora in grammatical studies
...helping dramatically reduce poverty. (Time Magazine 2005/12/05)
Now my daughter...is helping digitally restore the Disney films her grandfather worked on. (Time Magazine 2006/04/10)
In the BNC, to help V (2,161) is 17 times as frequent as to help to V (127)
Greenbaum and Nelson (1995)
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Adverbial clause introduced by the subordinator “if”
Finally press "Start"
Click on "First: Yes" for initial position; white linking line disappears
Greenbaum and Nelson's (1995) observation of conditional clause (64.8% for initial and 35.32% final) only applies to written registers
In the spoken data as a whole, the final position is preferred, though there is considerable internal variation.
The more "formal" spoken registers (parliamentary debates, legal presentations and non-broadcast (scripted) speeches show a marked preference for the initial position.