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Title: New Trends and Methodologies in Applied English Language Research
Subtitle: Diachronic, Diatopic and Contrastive Studies
Edited By: Carlos Prado-Alonso
Lidia Gómez-García
Iria Pastor-Gómez
David Tizón-Couto
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430046
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 103

This volume approaches the analysis of variation in English from
diachronic, diatopic, and contrastive/comparative perspectives. The
individual case studies, all closely interrelated, are organized into three
parts or sections. Part I (Diachronic Studies) applies a variationist
methodology to the analysis of developments in the use of the courtesy
marker please, adverbs in -ly, the s- genitive and a number of phrasal
combinations with the verb get. It also examines Early Modern English
regional dialect vocabulary. Part II (Diatopic Studies) is concerned with
the analysis of several morphological and phonological features in
different varieties of English, namely Standard English, Modern Scottish
English, Galwegian English, and Black South-African English. Part III
(Contrastive Studies) contains four chapters dealing with the contrastive
analysis of a number of morphosyntactic features, such as the use of
modifiers of adjectives by advanced learners of English, the acquisition
and use of aspect by advanced EFL learners with different mother-tongue
backgrounds, a comparison of the tempo-aspectual categories of English and
Italian, and some of the problems encountered by researchers when compiling
and analysing learner corpora of spoken language.


Carlos Prado-Alonso: Introduction: Exploring New Methodologies in English
Language Research -
Fátima María Faya-Cerqueiro: Please in the Nineteenth Century: Origin and
Position of a Courtesy Marker -
Teo Juvonen: Genitive Variation in Late Middle and Early Modern English:
The Persistence of the s-Genitive in the Correspondence Genre -
Paula Rodríguez-Puente: The Effects of Lexicalization, Grammaticalization
and Idiomatization on Phrasal Verbs in English: Some Combinations with get
as a Test Case -
Milagros Chao-Castro: Does it Fall Short of Expectations? On the Origin and
Behavior of the Dual-form Adverb Short/Shortly -
Javier Ruano-García: 'The Account Book of William Wray': An Evaluation of
Yorkshire Texis in two Inventories (1599-1600) -
Anissa Dahak: Vowels in Inter-tonic Syllables: A Corpus-based Study -
Ole Schützler: Unstable Close-mid Vowels in Modern Scottish English -
Katrin Sell: Current Vowel Changes in Irish English: Analysing Galwegian
English -
Lize Terblanche: Morphological Productivity: A Black South African English
Perspective -
Viktoria Börjesson: Reinforcing and Attenuating Modifiers of Adjectives in
Swedish Advanced Learners' English: A Comparison with Native Speakers -
Svetla Rogatcheva: 'I've only found the answer a few days ago': Aspect Use
in Bulgarian and German EFL Writing -
Susanne Schneider: 'Progressivity' in English and Italian: A Typologically
Guided Comparative Study -
Beatriz Tizón-Couto: Complement Clauses in a University Learner Spoken
English Corpus: Issues Behind Compilation and Analysis.

The Editors:

Carlos Prado-Alonso works as a full-time postdoctoral researcher at the
Department of English of the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Lidia Gómez-García is employed as a research assistant to the Spoken
English Research Team at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Iria Pastor-Gómez is an FPU researcher funded by the Spanish Ministry for
Science and Innovation at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
David Tizón-Couto works as a research assistant to the Language Variation
and Textual Categorisation Research Unit at the University of Vigo.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034300469
Pages: 350
Prices: U.S. $ 87.95
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