This paper addresses the diachronic development of combining forms in English scientific texts over approximately 350 years, from the early stages of the first scholarly journals that were published in English to contemporary English scientific publications. In this paper a critical discussion of the category of combining forms is presented and a case study is produced to examine the role of selected combining forms in two diachronic English corpora.
This paper reports a part of the larger corpus-based study, which investigates English- German contrasts in text cohesion and discourse organisation. It has its focus on ellipsis-antecedent-relations that contribute to the cohesiveness of texts. The present work is intended to contribute to the development of a discourse-oriented contrastive grammar on the English-German language pair with relevance to theoretical and applied linguistics, translation studies and foreign language pedagogy.