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Dissertation

Deconstructing meaning: a semiotactic approach to gerundival constructions in English

On January 30th, Lennart van der Velden succesfully defended his doctoral thesis and graduated. The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics congratulates Lennart on this great result.

Author
Lennart van der Velden
Date
30 January 2019
Links
Leiden University Repository

Abstract

In this work, I attempt to inventorise the various  positions -ing forms can take in English sentences from a semiotactic  perspective, focusing on the elusive semantics of the clausal gerund (e.g.  Reading books is fun). It is hoped that this work will be a useful  contribution to the active debate that still surrounds the clausal gerund,  and that it will convince the reader of the versatility and usefulness of the  semiotactic framework in analysing linguistic data.

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