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LINGUIST List 20.2763

Fri Aug 14 2009

Books: Sociolinguistics/Morphology/Syntax: Peters et.al. (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English: Peters et.al. (Eds)

Message 1: Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English: Peters et.al. (Eds)
Date: 14-Aug-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English: Peters et.al. (Eds)
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Title: Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English
Subtitle: Grammar and beyond
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G39
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=VEAW%20G39

Editor: Pam Peters
Editor: Peter Collins
Editor: Adam Smith
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248992 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248992 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Abstract:

This anthology brings together fresh corpus-based research by international
scholars. It contrasts southern and northern hemisphere usage on variable
elements of morphology and syntax. The nineteen invited papers include
topics such as irregular verb parts, pronouns, modal and quasimodal verbs,
the perfect tense, the progressive aspect, and mandative subjunctives.
Lexicogrammatical elements are discussed: light verbs (e.g. 'have a look'),
informal quantifiers (e.g. 'heaps of'), 'no'-collocations, concord with
'government' and other group nouns, alternative verb complementation (as
with 'help, prevent'), zero complementizers and connective adverbs (e.g.
'however'). Selected information-structuring devices are analyzed, e.g.
'there is/are, like as a discourse marker, final but' as a turn-taking
device, and swearwords. Australian and New Zealand use of hypocoristics and
changes in gendered expressions are also analyzed. The two varieties
pattern together in some cases, in others they diverge: Australian English
is usually more committed to colloquial variants in speech and writing. The
book demonstrates linguistic endonormativity in these two southern
hemisphere Englishes.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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