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Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry (Studies in English Language)

Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry (Studies in English Language)

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Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 10/25/2012
EAN 9781107003453, ISBN10: 1107003458

Hardcover, 227 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

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 thirty 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.