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Title: Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation
Edited By: Randi Reppen
Susan M. Fitzmaurice
Douglas Biber
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL_9
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 9

Using Corpora to Explore Linguistic Variation illustrates the ways in which linguistic variation can be explored through corpus-based investigation. Two major kinds of research questions are considered: variation in the use of a particular linguistic feature, and variation across dialects or registers. Part 1: “Exploring variation in the use of linguistic features” focuses on the study of specific words, expressions, or grammatical constructions, to study variation in the use of a particular linguistic feature. Part 2: “Exploring dialect and register variation” describes salient characteristics of dialects or registers and the patterns of variation across varieties. Part 3: “Exploring Historical Variation” applies these same two major perspectives to historical variation. One recurring theme is the extent to which linguistic variation depends on register differences, reflecting the importance of register as a key methodological and thematic concern in current corpus linguistic research.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii•xi
Part I: Exploring variation in the use of linguistic features 1
Cross-disciplinary comparisons of hedging: Some findings from the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English
Deanna Poos and Rita Simpson 3•23
Would as a hedging device in an Irish context: An intra-varietal comparison of institutionalised spoken interaction
Fiona Farr and Anne O'Keeffe 25•48
Good listenership made plain: British and American non-minimal response tokens in everyday conversation
Michael McCarthy 49•71
Variation in the distribution of modal verbs in the British National Corpus
Graeme Kennedy 73•90
Strong modality and negation in Russian
Ferdinand de Haan 91•110
Formulaic language in English academic writing: A corpus-based study of the formal and functional variation of a lexical phrase in different academic disciplines
David Oakey 111•130
Lexical bundles in Freshman composition
Viviana Cortes 131•145
Pseudo-Titles in the press genre of various components of the International Corpus of English
Charles F. Meyer 147•166
Pattern grammar, language teaching, and linguistic variation: Applications of a corpus-driven grammar
Susan Hunston 167•183
Part II: Exploring dialect or register variation 185
Syntactic features of Indian English: An examination of written Indian English
Chandrika K. Rogers 187•202
Variation in academic lectures: Interactivity and level of instruction
Enikó Csomay 203•224
Part III: Exploring historical variation 225
The textual resolution of structural ambiguity in eighteenth-century English: A corpus linguistic study of patterns of negation
Susan M. Fitzmaurice 227•247
Investigating register variation in nineteenth-century English: A multi-dimensional comparison
Christer Geisler 249•271
Index 273

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112837
ISBN-13: 9781588112835
Pages: xii, 275 pp.
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ISBN: 9027222797
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Pages: xii, 275 pp.
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