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  1. paul, Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation

Message 1: Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation

Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 15:07:41 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation

Title: Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 9
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Editor: Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University 
Editor: Susan M. Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University 
Editor: Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588112837, Pages: xii, 275 pp., Price: USD 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222797, Pages: xii, 275 pp., Price: EUR 95.00

Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation illustrates the ways in
which linguistic variation can be explored through corpus-based
investigation. Two major kinds of research questions are considered:
variation in the use of a particular linguistic feature, and variation
across dialects or registers. Part 1: Exploring variation in the use
of linguistic features focuses on the study of specific words,
expressions, or grammatical constructions, to study variation in the
use of a particular linguistic feature. Part 2: Exploring dialect and
register variation describes salient characteristics of dialects or
registers and the patterns of variation across varieties. Part 3:
Exploring Historical Variation applies these same two major
perspectives to historical variation. One recurring theme is the
extent to which linguistic variation depends on register differences,
reflecting the importance of register as a key methodological and
thematic concern in current corpus linguistic research.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii-xi 
Part I: Exploring variation in the use of linguistic features 1 
Cross-disciplinary comparisons of hedging: Some findings from the
 Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English
 Deanna Poos and Rita Simpson 3-23 
Would as a hedging device in an Irish context: An intra-varietal
 comparison of institutionalised spoken interaction
 Fiona Farr and Anne O'Keeffe 25-48
Good listenership made plain: British and American non-minimal
 response tokens in everyday conversation
 Michael McCarthy 49-71 
Variation in the distribution of modal verbs in the British National
 Graeme Kennedy 73-90 
Strong modality and negation in Russian 
 Ferdinand de Haan 91-110
Formulaic language in English academic writing: A corpus-based study
 of the formal and functional variation of a lexical phrase in
 different academic disciplines
 David Oakey 111-130
Lexical bundles in Freshman composition 
 Viviana Cortes 131-145
Pseudo-Titles in the press genre of various components of the
 International Corpus of English
 Charles F. Meyer 147-166 
Pattern grammar, language teaching, and linguistic variation:
 Applications of a corpus-driven grammar
 Susan Hunston 167-183 
Part II: Exploring dialect or register variation 185 
Syntactic features of Indian English: An examination of written Indian
 Chandrika K. Rogers 187-202
Variation in academic lectures: Interactivity and level of instruction
 Enik´┐Ż Csomay 203-224 
Part III: Exploring historical variation 225 
The textual resolution of structural ambiguity in eighteenth-century
 English: A corpus linguistic study of patterns of negation
 Susan M. Fitzmaurice 227-247 
Investigating register variation in nineteenth-century English: A
 multi-dimensional comparison
 Christer Geisler 249-271 
Index 273

Lingfield(s): Computational Linguistics
		Dialectology (Sociolinguistics)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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