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Fri Feb 25 2011

Books: Historical Ling/Phonology/Syntax: Rohdenburg, Schlüter (Eds)

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        1.     Joyce Reid , One Language, Two Grammars?: Rohdenburg, Schlüter (Eds)

Message 1: One Language, Two Grammars?: Rohdenburg, Schlüter (Eds)
Date: 09-Feb-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: One Language, Two Grammars?: Rohdenburg, Schlüter (Eds)
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Title: One Language, Two Grammars?
Subtitle: Differences between British and American English
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Günter Rohdenburg
Editor: Julia Schlüter
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521183963 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 35.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521183963 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 60.00

Please Note: This is a new version of a previously announced text.

It is well known that British and American English differ substantially in
their pronunciation and vocabulary - but differences in their grammar have
largely been underestimated. This volume focuses on British-American
differences in the structure of words and sentences and supports them with
computer-aided studies of large text collections. Present-day as well as
earlier forms of the two varieties are included in the analyses. This makes
it the first book-length treatment of British and American English grammar
in contrast, with topics ranging from compound verbs to word order
differences and tag questions. The authors explore some of the better-known
contrasts, as well as a great variety of innovative themes that have so far
received little or no consideration. Bringing together the work of a team
of leading scholars in the field, this book will be of interest to those
working within the fields of English historical linguistics, language
variation and change, and dialectology.

Introduction Günter Rohdenburg and Julia Schlüter;

1. Colonial lag, colonial innovation or simply language change? Marianne
2. Compound verbs. Peter Erdmann;
3. The formation of the preterite and the past participle. Magnus Levin;
4. Comparatives. Britta Mondorf;
5. Phonology and grammar. Julia Schlüter;
6. Prepositions and postpositions. Eva Berlage;
7. Argument structure. David Denison;
8. Reflexive structures. Günter Rohdenburg;
9. Noun phrase modification. Douglas Biber, Jack Grieve and Gina Iberri-
10. Nominal complements. Günter Rohdenburg;
11. Non-finite complements. Uwe Vosberg;
12. The present perfect and the preterite. Johan Elsness;
13. The revived subjunctive. Göran Kjellmer;
14. The mandative subjunctive. William J. Crawford;
15. The conditional subjunctive. Julia Schlüter;
16. Tag questions. D. J. Allerton;
17. The pragmatics of adverbs. Karin Aijmer;
18. How different are American and British grammar? And how are they
different? Gunnel Tottie;
19. New departures. Günter Rohdenburg and Julia Schlüter.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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