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Title: The Morphology of English Dialects
Subtitle: Verb Formation in Non-standard English
Written By: Lieselotte Anderwald

Where do dialects differ from Standard English, and why are they so
remarkably resilient? This new study argues that commonly used verbs that
deviate from Standard English for the most part have a long pedigree.
Analyzing the language use of over 120 dialect speakers, Lieselotte
Anderwald demonstrates that not only are speakers justified historically in
using these verbs, systematically these non-standard forms actually make
more sense. By constituting a simpler system, they are generally more
economical than their Standard English counterparts. Drawing on data
collected from the Freiburg English Dialect Corpus (FRED), this innovative
and engaging study comes directly from the forefront of this field, and
will be of great interest to students and researchers of English language
and linguistics, morphology and syntax.

Studies in English Language

2009/240 pp./24 maps 3 tables

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521884977
ISBN-13: 9780521884976
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U.K. £ 60.00