Grammatical variation in British English dialects : a study in corpus-based dialectometry / Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
- Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt, 1976-
- Cambridge, [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- Physical Description:
- xvii, 211 pages : illustrations, maps (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
- Studies in English language
- 1. Introduction -- 2. Data and methods -- 3. The feature catalogue -- 4. Surveying the forest: on aggregate morphosyntactic distances and similarities -- 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.
- "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 verbals (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?') as well as in terms of its methodology"--
- 9781107003453 (hardback) and 1107003458 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 190-206) and index.
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