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LINGUIST List 19.601

Thu Feb 21 2008

Books: Sociolinguistics/Text&Corpus Linguistics: Dollinger

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, New-Dialect Formation in Canada: Dollinger


Message 1: New-Dialect Formation in Canada: Dollinger
Date: 20-Feb-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: New-Dialect Formation in Canada: Dollinger
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Title: New-Dialect Formation in Canada
Subtitle: Evidence from the English modal auxiliaries
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 97
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%2097

Author: Stefan Dollinger
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027231086 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027231086 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This book details the development of eleven modal auxiliaries in late 18-
and 19-century Canadian English in a framework of new-dialect formation.
The study assesses features of the modal auxiliaries, tracing influences to
British and American input varieties, parallel developments, or Canadian
innovations. The findings are based on the Corpus of Early Ontario
English
, pre-Confederation Section, the first electronic corpus
of early Canadian English. The data, which are drawn from newspapers,
diaries and letters, include original transcriptions from manuscript
sources and texts from semi-literate writers. While the overall results are
generally coherent with new-dialect formation theory, the Ontarian context
suggests a number of adaptations to the current model. In addition to its
general Late Modern English focus, New-Dialect Formation in Canada
traces changes in epistemic modal functions up to the present day, offering
answers to the loss of root uses in the central modals. By comparing
Canadian with British and American data, important theoretical insights on
the origins of the variety are gained. The study offers a sociohistorical
perspective on a still understudied variety of North American English by
combining language-internal features with settlement history in this first
monograph-length, diachronic treatment of Canadian English in real time.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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