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Journal Title: English Language and Linguistics
Volume/Issue:   13/1
Date: 2009
Table of Contents: Shape-shifting, sound-change and the genesis of prodigal writing systems
by Margaret Laing, Roger Lass
pp 1-31

Are clefts contagious in conversation?
by Andreea Simona Calude, Steven Miller
pp 127-132

Exploring the role of token frequency in phonological change: evidence from TH-Fronting in east-central Scotland
by Lynn Clark, Graeme Trousdale
pp 33-55

On the syntactic differences between OE dialects: evidence from the Gospels
by Cristina Suárez-Gómez
pp 57-75

Structural persistence: a case based on the grammaticalization of English adjectives of difference
by Tine Breban
pp 77-96

The consequences of the loss of verb-second in English: information structure and syntax in interaction
by Bettelou Los
pp 97-125

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
English, Middle
English, Old
 
LL Issue: 20.932