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One Language, Two Grammars?
Differences between British and American English

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Part of Studies in English Language

Günter Rohdenburg, Julia Schlüter, Marianne Hundt, Peter Erdmann, Magnus Levin, Britta Mondorf, Eva Berlage, David Denison, Douglas Biber, Jack Grieve, Gina Iberri-Shea, Uwe Vosberg, Johan Elsness, Göran Kjellmer, William J. Crawford, D. J. Allerton, Karin Aijmer, Gunnel Tottie
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521183963

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  • It is well known that British and American English differ substantially in their pronunciation and vocabulary - but differences in their grammar have largely been underestimated. This volume focuses on British–American differences in the structure of words and sentences and supports them with computer-aided studies of large text collections. Present-day as well as earlier forms of the two varieties are included in the analyses. This makes it the first book-length treatment of British and American English grammar in contrast, with topics ranging from compound verbs to word order differences and tag questions. The authors explore some of the better-known contrasts, as well as a great variety of innovative themes that have so far received little or no consideration. Bringing together the work of a team of leading scholars in the field, this book will be of interest to those working within the fields of English historical linguistics, language variation and change, and dialectology.

    • Was the first volume explicitly focusing on differences between British and American English grammar
    • Contains original contributions by leading experts in the field
    • Features extensive tables and figures drawing on electronic corpora and dictionaries
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    Review of the hardback: '… an important book …' Journal of English Language and Linguistics

    '… an important and stimulating read for researchers of diverse areas of linguistic research … a great contribution to growing literature on variation studies using large-scale corpus data.' Studies in English Literature

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521183963
    • length: 486 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Günter Rohdenburg and Julia Schlüter
    1. Colonial lag, colonial innovation or simply language change? Marianne Hundt
    2. Compound verbs Peter Erdmann
    3. The formation of the preterite and the past participle Magnus Levin
    4. Comparatives Britta Mondorf
    5. Phonology and grammar Julia Schlüter
    6. Prepositions and postpositions Eva Berlage
    7. Argument structure David Denison
    8. Reflexive structures Günter Rohdenburg
    9. Noun phrase modification Douglas Biber, Jack Grieve and Gina Iberri-Shea
    10. Nominal complements Günter Rohdenburg
    11. Non-finite complements Uwe Vosberg
    12. The present perfect and the preterite Johan Elsness
    13. The revived subjunctive Göran Kjellmer
    14. The mandative subjunctive William J. Crawford
    15. The conditional subjunctive Julia Schlüter
    16. Tag questions D. J. Allerton
    17. The pragmatics of adverbs Karin Aijmer
    18. How different are American and British grammar? And how are they different? Gunnel Tottie
    19. New departures Günter Rohdenburg and Julia Schlüter.

  • Editors

    Günter Rohdenburg, Universität Paderborn, Germany

    Julia Schlüter, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany

    Contributors

    Günter Rohdenburg, Julia Schlüter, Marianne Hundt, Peter Erdmann, Magnus Levin, Britta Mondorf, Eva Berlage, David Denison, Douglas Biber, Jack Grieve, Gina Iberri-Shea, Uwe Vosberg, Johan Elsness, Göran Kjellmer, William J. Crawford, D. J. Allerton, Karin Aijmer, Gunnel Tottie

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