LINGUIST List 10.380

Wed Mar 10 1999

Disc: New Zealand English

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  1. Laurie Bauer, Different from/to

Message 1: Different from/to

Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 15:30:05 +1300
From: Laurie Bauer <>
Subject: Different from/to

In a paper in Te Reo 37 (1994) I reported from the Wellington Corpus
of Written New Zealand English that of the 367 tokens of different, 47
co-occurred with from, 8 with to and 2 with than. The proportions are
very similar to those found in the LOB corpus of British English, with
just slightly more use of from, but differ considerably from the Brown
corpus, where there is no use of to. New Zealand English uses to in
this construction, but in edited usage at least prefers from. I have
not tried running this question through the corresponding Wellington
Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English to see how much difference there

Laurie Bauer

Programme Director for Linguistics
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
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New Zealand
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