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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.