Title: Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects: A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry
Authors: Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt # ×
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Abstract: 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 30 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.
ISBN: 9781107003453
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IBa
Appears in Collections:Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL), Leuven
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