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Query Details

Query Subject:   Colour terms in literature
Author:   Alan Smith
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Morphology
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Thu, 24 Dec 1998 19:38:40 -0000
Alan Smith
Contractions in English

I would be very grateful for references to any research conducted on the frequency of contractions in English speech and writing (''he's'' instead of ''he is'', ''they've'' instead of ''they have'' etc.). I would especially like to hear about any quantitative corpus-based studies.

I will post a summary of any replies I receive.

Many thanks in advance.

Alan Smith,
School of Modern Languages, Dept of French,
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: (0191) 222 7441
Fax: (0191) 222 5442
LL Issue: 10.2
Date posted: 05-Jan-1999


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