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Title: Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English
Subtitle: Grammar and beyond
Edited By: Pam Peters
Peter Collins
Adam Smith
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=VEAW%20G39
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G39
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027248990
ISBN-13: 9789027248992
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
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