Well – the decision has been made. After one hell of a literature review and a lot of rummaging around in the corpus, we have decided to focus my in-depth analyses on … drumroll please:
- the progressive aspect (e.g. I am going as opposed to I go), and
- prepositions/phrasal verbs (e.g. things like to participate on vs participate in, or Could you plug out the cable? rather than unplug).
More details soon, but suffice it to say the next year of my life will officially be devoted to words like in, at, on, for and by and things ending in –ing. World-changing stuff!