Change in Contemporary English : A Grammatical Study

Change in Contemporary English : A Grammatical Study

Description

Based on the systematic analysis of large amounts of computer-readable text, this book shows how the English language has been changing in the recent past, often in unexpected and previously undocumented ways. The study is based on a group of matching corpora, known as the 'Brown family' of corpora, supplemented by a range of other corpus materials, both written and spoken, drawn mainly from the later twentieth century. Among the matters receiving particular attention are the influence of American English on British English, the role of the press, the 'colloquialization' of written English, and a wide range of grammatical topics, including the modal auxiliaries, progressive, subjunctive, passive, genitive and relative clauses. These subjects build an overall picture of how English grammar is changing, and the linguistic and social factors that are contributing to this process.


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Details

Author(s)
Geoffrey Leech, Marianne Hundt, Christian Mair, Nicholas Smith
Format
Hardback | 370 pages
Dimensions
158 x 234 x 23mm | 720g
Publication date
22 Sep 2014
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0521867223
ISBN13
9780521867221
Bestsellers rank
1,967,616