Discourse Referents and Time
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I am interested in linguistic changes that have taken place since the
beginning of the 1960s in the English spoken on the media, more
precisely in interviews, debates and news broadcasts.
I am interested not only in pronunciation changes such as, for
example, an increased incidence of glottal stops and a decline in
'back a', but also changes in the way speakers organize the
information in their speech.
An example of the latter would be an increased number of contractions
('don't' instead of 'do not'), an increase in subordinator 'that'
deletion (I think (that) he went), stranded prepositions (the person
I am thinking of), or split infinitives. In short, an increase in
reduced forms and 'dispreferred' structures in media speech.
I would be very grateful if you could give me the references of any
research that has been done on this topic. I am mainly concerned
with British English, but would also welcome references to research
in American English.
Naturally I will present a summary of any replies I receive.
School of Modern Languages, Dept of French
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
U.K. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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