26.1765, Books: Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: Szmrecsanyi

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Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:29:37
From: Katie Laker [klaker at cambridge.org]
Subject: Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: Szmrecsanyi

 


Title: Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects 
Subtitle: A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry 
Publication Year: 2015 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/grammar-and-syntax/grammatical-variation-british-english-dialects-study-corpus-based-dialectometry?format=PB 


Author: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi

Paperback: ISBN:  9781107515772 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 37.99
Paperback: ISBN:  9781107515772 Pages:  Price: U.K. £ 24.99


Abstract:

Editor's Note: This is a new paperback edition of a previously announced book.

Variation within the English language is a vast research area, of which dialectology, the study of geographic variation, is a significant part. This book explores grammatical differences between British English dialects, drawing on authentic speech data collected in over 30 counties. In doing so it presents a new approach known as 'corpus-based dialectometry', which focuses on the joint quantitative measurement of dozens of grammatical features to gauge regional differences. These features include, for example, multiple negation (e.g. don't you make no damn mistake), non-standard verbal-s (e.g. so I says, What have you to do?), or non-standard weak past tense and past participle forms (e.g. they knowed all about these things). Utilizing state-of-the-art dialectometrical analysis and visualization techniques, the book is original both in terms of its fundamental research question ('What are the large-scale patterns of grammatical variability in British English dialects?') and in terms
  of its methodology.

1. Introduction; 2. Data and methods; 3. The feature catalogue; 4. Surveying the forest; 5. Is morphosyntactic variability gradient? Exploring dialect continua; 6. Classification: the dialect area scenario; 7. Back to the features; 8. Summary and discussion; 9. Outlook and concluding remarks. 



Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                     Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)

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