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Morphosyntactic Persistence in Spoken English: A Corpus Study at the Intersection of Variationist Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Discourse Analysis [NOOK Book]

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Language users are creatures of habit with a tendency to re-use linguistic material that they have produced or heard before. In other words, linguistic patterns and tokens, once used, persist in spoken discourse. The book explores the determinants of this persistence in corpus data of spoken English, drawing on regression analyses of a variety of functional, discourse-functional, cognitive, psycholinguistic, and external factors. In providing a variationist-probabilistic framework for examining the ways in which ...

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Morphosyntactic Persistence in Spoken English: A Corpus Study at the Intersection of Variationist Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Discourse Analysis

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Language users are creatures of habit with a tendency to re-use linguistic material that they have produced or heard before. In other words, linguistic patterns and tokens, once used, persist in spoken discourse. The book explores the determinants of this persistence in corpus data of spoken English, drawing on regression analyses of a variety of functional, discourse-functional, cognitive, psycholinguistic, and external factors. In providing a variationist-probabilistic framework for examining the ways in which different internal and external factors influence speakers' linguistic choices, the study ultimately contributes to a theory of how spoken language works.

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Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt, Freiburg, Germany.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Previous research on persistence phenomena 9
3 Method and data 43
4 Persistence in comparison strategy choice 63
5 Persistence in genitive choice 87
6 Persistence in future marker choice 109
7 Persistence in particle placement 131
8 Persistence in complementation strategy choice 153
9 Discussion of findings 181
10 Conclusion 207
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