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 tovariation, description, and history ... a comprehensive picture oftoday's English ... Recommended. Upper division undergraduatesthrough faculty and professionals." CHOICE

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

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

"Bas Aarts and April McMahon have assembled a star-studded castof linguistic experts who have produced a state-of-the artcompendium on all the major aspects of the modern EnglishLanguage." Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg

"Both as editors and as authors, Professor Aarts and ProfessorMcMahon have achieved something quite remarkable with this splendidHandbook. They have divided the complex field of Englishlinguistics into the thirty or so areas of greatest presentinterest, and from a truly international cast have selected themost expert scholars in the world to tackle them." RandolphQuirk, Professor The Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury, FBA

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

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Meet the Author

Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Directorof the Survey of English Usage at University College London. Hispublications include Small Clauses in English: The NonverbalTypes (1992), The Verb in Contemporary English (editedwith Charles F. Meyer, 1995), English Syntax andArgumentation (1997/2001), Investigating Natural Language:Working with the British Component of the International Corpus ofEnglish (with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis, 2002), andFuzzy Grammar: A Reader (edited with David Denison, EvelienKeizer, and Gergana Popova, 2004). With David Denison and RichardHogg, he edits the journal English Language andLinguistics.

April McMahon is Forbes Professor of English Language atthe University of Edinburgh. Her publications includeUnderstanding Language Change (1994), Lexical Phonologyand the History of English (2000), Change, Chance, andOptimality (2000), An Introduction to English Phonology(2002), and Language Classification by Numbers (with RobertMcMahon, 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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