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Change in Contemporary English
A Grammatical Study

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Part of Studies in English Language

  • Date Published: November 2009
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867221

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  • Based on the systematic analysis of large amounts of computer-readable text, this book shows how the English language has been changing in the recent past, often in unexpected and previously undocumented ways. The study is based on a group of matching corpora, known as the 'Brown family' of corpora, supplemented by a range of other corpus materials, both written and spoken, drawn mainly from the later twentieth century. Among the matters receiving particular attention are the influence of American English on British English, the role of the press, the 'colloquialization' of written English, and a wide range of grammatical topics, including the modal auxiliaries, progressive, subjunctive, passive, genitive and relative clauses. These subjects build an overall picture of how English grammar is changing, and the linguistic and social factors that are contributing to this process.

    • Demonstrates a new and precise method of studying how language changes
    • Based on detailed corpus studies, bringing a plethora of results that have not been published before
    • Provides detailed information on how American English has influenced other varieties
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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867221
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - no date available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: grammar-blindness in the recent history of English?
    2. Comparative corpus linguistics: the methodological basis of this book
    3. The subjunctive mood
    4. The modal auxiliaries
    5. The so-called semi-modals
    6. The progressive
    7. The passive voice
    8. Expanded predicates
    9. Non-finite clauses
    10. The noun phrase
    11. Linguistic and other determinants of change.

  • Authors

    Geoffrey Leech, Lancaster University

    Marianne Hundt, Universität Zürich

    Christian Mair, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

    Nicholas Smith, University of Salford

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