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Title: The English genitive alternation in a cognitive sociolinguistics perspective
Authors: Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt #
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Host Document: Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics pages:141-166
Abstract: As a corpus-based inquiry into the probabilistic nature of lectal variation, the present study seeks to explore how language-external determinants of linguistic variation – real time, geography, text type – interact with language-internal determinants of linguistic variation, and in so doing shape cognitive and probabilistic grammars. The concrete empirical attention of this study will be directed toward the English genitive alternation as an instructive case study. The evidence suggests that the probabilistic grammar underlying the system of genitive choice is fundamentally the same across sampling times, geographic varieties of English, and text types. This overall qualitative stability notwithstanding, the importance of individual conditioning factors varies across different data sources, and this variability is shown to be mediated by language-external factors.
ISBN: 9783110226461
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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