My apologies to those of you who might have read this posting on Linguist
List already, but responses were very scant & one American colleague said I
might get better feedback from you folks!
I'm starting a piece of work on non-canonical subjects in English (i.e.
mainly finite & non-finite clauses, PPs and the like). I was wondering
whether anyone could direct me to published or unpublished studies on the
frequency of such subjects in corpora. I'm quite sure there must have been
some work on the relative frequency of subjects by type (pronouns, NPs,
complex NPs, and hopefully non-canonical ones), but I must admit I'm quite
lost in the spate of corpus linguistics studies that have been published in
the past few years. Any tips on this? I'll post a summary if that proves
All the very best,
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