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Participal adjectives: English students' perception


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Kovačić, Nina. (2017). Participal adjectives: English students' perception. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Zovko Dinković, Irena].

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Participles can function both as verbs and as adjectives and that gives rise to many borderline cases of participial words. There have been many tests created for the purpose of distinguishing between participial adjectives and participles as verbs, but none of them are comprehensive enough for this purpose to be fulfilled. Among the two types, passive participles are semantically closer to adjectives, as opposed to active participles, whose more verbal sense lessens their adjectival potential. The present study examined how undergraduate students of English perceive active (-ing) and passive (-ed) participles and what factors influence their perception. The results showed that passive participles are considered more adjectival than their active counterparts, as well as that participles as premodifiers are considered more adjectival than the postmodifying ones.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: participle, participial adjective
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Zovko Dinković, Irena
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 13:42
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 13:42

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