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2016 | 25/2 | 43-56
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Object Length and Other Factors in Prepositional Variation: The Case of Speak, Talk and Write

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The existence of prepositional variation in constructions such as speak about/of something can be motivated semantically in that about and of invite different construals of the topic they introduce. This article reports on a study carried out to test the hypothesis that the semantic distinction is reflected in the length of the object which complements the preposi- tion. The results suggest that object length might indeed play a part in the choice between about and of. The study also reveals additional factors which might influence speakers' choice of the topic-introducing preposition.
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  • Uniwersity of Warsaw
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