rankshift

rankshift

(ˈræŋkˌʃɪft)
n
(Grammar) a phenomenon in which a unit at one rank in the grammar has the function of a unit at a lower rank, as for example in the phrase the house on the corner, where the words on the corner shift down from the rank of group to the rank of word
vb
(Grammar) to shift or be shifted from one linguistic rank to another

rankshift


Past participle: rankshifted
Gerund: rankshifting

Imperative
rankshift
rankshift
Present
I rankshift
you rankshift
he/she/it rankshifts
we rankshift
you rankshift
they rankshift
Preterite
I rankshifted
you rankshifted
he/she/it rankshifted
we rankshifted
you rankshifted
they rankshifted
Present Continuous
I am rankshifting
you are rankshifting
he/she/it is rankshifting
we are rankshifting
you are rankshifting
they are rankshifting
Present Perfect
I have rankshifted
you have rankshifted
he/she/it has rankshifted
we have rankshifted
you have rankshifted
they have rankshifted
Past Continuous
I was rankshifting
you were rankshifting
he/she/it was rankshifting
we were rankshifting
you were rankshifting
they were rankshifting
Past Perfect
I had rankshifted
you had rankshifted
he/she/it had rankshifted
we had rankshifted
you had rankshifted
they had rankshifted
Future
I will rankshift
you will rankshift
he/she/it will rankshift
we will rankshift
you will rankshift
they will rankshift
Future Perfect
I will have rankshifted
you will have rankshifted
he/she/it will have rankshifted
we will have rankshifted
you will have rankshifted
they will have rankshifted
Future Continuous
I will be rankshifting
you will be rankshifting
he/she/it will be rankshifting
we will be rankshifting
you will be rankshifting
they will be rankshifting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rankshifting
you have been rankshifting
he/she/it has been rankshifting
we have been rankshifting
you have been rankshifting
they have been rankshifting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rankshifting
you will have been rankshifting
he/she/it will have been rankshifting
we will have been rankshifting
you will have been rankshifting
they will have been rankshifting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rankshifting
you had been rankshifting
he/she/it had been rankshifting
we had been rankshifting
you had been rankshifting
they had been rankshifting
Conditional
I would rankshift
you would rankshift
he/she/it would rankshift
we would rankshift
you would rankshift
they would rankshift
Past Conditional
I would have rankshifted
you would have rankshifted
he/she/it would have rankshifted
we would have rankshifted
you would have rankshifted
they would have rankshifted
References in periodicals archive ?
The latter are rankshifted into the nominal complement slot of clefts, whereas the antecedents of NRRCs display the structural assembly congruent with their rank.
However, the "non-NP" units functioning as complement in clefts are rankshifted into the nominal complement slot and are in this sense "nominalized" (Halliday 1985: 219).
I propose that it is precisely the "rankshifted," nominalized, status of such antecedents in clefts that explains their resistance to relative adverbs such as when, where, etc.
If the complement in clefts is realized by a rankshifted element such as adverb, prepositional phrase, or clause, then its semantic profile is that of a -- reified -- entity.
Prepositional phrases and clauses are rankshifted into the nominal complement slot and are reclassified as definite NPs.
Note also that the enumerating complement in there clefts accepts fewer types of rankshifted units than the identifying complement in it clefts.
But there can be no doubt that it clefts allow for a greater variety of rankshifted units than there clefts.
"Ordinary" enumerative existentials do not, of course, predicate any equation and do not normally contain rankshifted units.
In the latter case, we have rankshifted units that "quote" the form of the original class but superimpose the functions of a definitely identified NP on them.
The rankshifted antecedent of the RC in clefts still displays the class that matches up with the function of the relative pronoun.