The Handbook of English Linguistics / Edition 1

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The Handbook of English Linguistics is a collection of articles written by leading specialists on all core areas of English linguistics that provides a state-of-the-art account of research in the field. brings together articles from the core areas of English linguistics, including syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, as well as variation, discourse, stylistics and usage written by specialists from around the world provides an introduction to a key area of English Linguistics and includes a discussion of the most recent theoretical and descriptive research, as well as extensive bibliographic references.

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"The handbook is cohesive in its consistent depth of attention to variation, description, and history ... a comprehensive picture of today's English ... Recommended. Upper division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." CHOICE

"This addition to the admirable series of Blackwell Handbooks contains thirty-one articles of about twenty to twenty-five pages by a distinguished set of contributors … [It] functions as a showcase for English linguistics, and as a map of the territory." Linguistics

"Just what the English Language needs at the start of the twenty-first century: an authoritative guide to the literature, balancing solid scholarship with openness, clarity, wisdom, and breadth – pronunciation, education, linguistic theory, and much else. Highly recommended!" Richard Hudson, University College London

"Bas Aarts and April McMahon have assembled a star-studded cast of linguistic experts who have produced a state-of-the art compendium on all the major aspects of the modern English Language." Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg

"Both as editors and as authors, Professor Aarts and Professor McMahon have achieved something quite remarkable with this splendid Handbook. They have divided the complex field of English linguistics into the thirty or so areas of greatest present interest, and from a truly international cast have selected the most expert scholars in the world to tackle them." Randolph Quirk, Professor The Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury, FBA

“A very good resource on major areas of English linguistics, among them phonetics and phonology, syntax, corpus linguistics and data collection, morphology, variation, and discourse.”
Elly Van Gelderen, Arizona State University

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Meet the Author

Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His publications include Small Clauses in English: The Nonverbal Types (1992), The Verb in Contemporary English (edited with Charles F. Meyer, 1995), English Syntax and Argumentation (1997/2001), Investigating Natural Language: Working with the British Component of the International Corpus of English (with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis, 2002), and Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader (edited with David Denison, Evelien Keizer, and Gergana Popova, 2004). With David Denison and Richard Hogg, he edits the journal English Language and Linguistics.

April McMahon is Forbes Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh. Her publications include Understanding Language Change (1994), Lexical Phonology and the History of English (2000), Change, Chance, and Optimality (2000), An Introduction to English Phonology (2002), and Language Classification by Numbers (with Robert McMahon, 2005).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Description and theory 9
3 English corpus linguistics 33
4 English grammar writing 72
5 Data collection 93
6 English word classes and phrases 117
7 Verbs and their satellites 146
8 Clause types 180
9 Coordination and subordination 198
10 Tense in English 220
11 Aspect and aspectuality 244
12 Mood and modality in English 269
13 Information structure 291
14 Current changes in English syntax 318
15 English constructions 343
16 English phonetics 359
17 English phonology and morphology 382
18 Prosodic phonology 411
19 Intonation 433
20 English words 461
21 Compounds and minor word-formation types 483
22 English inflection and derivation 507
23 Productivity 537
24 Lexical semantics 557
25 Lexicography 581
26 Syntactic variation in English : a global perspective 603
27 Phonological variation : a global perspective 625
28 Spoken and written English 670
29 The grammar of conversation 692
30 Gender and the English language 724
31 Language and literature : stylistics 742
32 English usage : prescription and description 759
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