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One Language, Two Grammars?: Differences between British and American English
     

One Language, Two Grammars?: Differences between British and American English

by Gunter Rohdenburg
 

It is well known that British and American English differ substantially in their pronunciation and vocabulary - but differences in their grammar have largely been underestimated. This volume focuses on British-American differences in the structure of words and sentences and supports them with computer-aided studies of large text collections. Present-day as well as

Overview

It is well known that British and American English differ substantially in their pronunciation and vocabulary - but differences in their grammar have largely been underestimated. This volume focuses on British-American differences in the structure of words and sentences and supports them with computer-aided studies of large text collections. Present-day as well as earlier forms of the two varieties are included in the analyses. This makes it the first book-length treatment of British and American English grammar in contrast, with topics ranging from compound verbs to word order differences and tag questions. The authors explore some of the better-known contrasts, as well as a great variety of innovative themes that have so far received little or no consideration. Bringing together the work of a team of leading scholars in the field, this book will be of interest to those working within the fields of English historical linguistics, language variation and change, and dialectology.

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Review of the hardback: '... an important book ...' Journal of English Language and Linguistics

'... an important and stimulating read for researchers of diverse areas of linguistic research ... a great contribution to growing literature on variation studies using large-scale corpus data.' Studies in English Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521183963
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
486
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Günter Rohdenburg is Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Paderborn.

Julia Schlüter is Assistant Professor in English Linguistics and Language History at the University of Bamberg.

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