Adverbial Middle Detachment Semantic Motivations and Detachment Rules in GRE Academic English

Wenjun Wang
2017 Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Education, Culture and Social Development (ICECSD 2017)   unpublished
Adverbial middle detachment is thus called when the adverbial, usually occurring at the beginning or at the end of a clause in general English, is detached to the middle of the clause. Adverbial middle detachment contributes one of the remarkable divergences between general English and academic English. Those sociological discourses in GRE demonstrate this semantic phenomenon. From the standpoints of semantics and discourse analysis, adverbial middle detachment is in possession of clear
more » ... on of clear semantic motivations. Instead of being self-willed, the word order of the adverbial in the middle detachment is governed by certain rules. The word order of adverbial in a clause is so flexible that it seems that an adverbial has several suitable locations. But the truth is that the word order of an adverbial is not self-willed, but subject to semantics in order to ensure the promotion of the theme, the clearness of the modification, the reasonable structure of the clause and the strictness of logics. Therefore, under many circumstances is never the word order of an adverbial unconditionally flexible. [1] Compared with general English, adverbial middle detachment is more likely to occur in academic English with certain semantic motivations and subject to certain detachment rules.
doi:10.2991/icecsd-17.2017.26 fatcat:rx7fwf6nljgezi4v6jgmmhieta