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New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III

Synchronic and diachronic studies on discourse, lexis and grammar processing


Sofia Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies and Iván Tamaredo

This volume includes eleven papers pertaining to different areas of linguistics and organised into three sections. Part I contains diachronic studies which cover data from Middle English to Present-Day English and which explore phenomena such as the status of extender tags, the distribution of free adjuncts, post-auxiliary ellipsis, and the use of ‘ephemeral’ concessive adverbial subordinators. Part II comprises studies on grammar and language processing dealing with topics such as the interaction between syntactic and structural complexity and verbal agreement with collective subjects, the influence of distributivity and concreteness on verbal agreement, the interaction of complexity and efficiency in pronoun omission in Indian English and Singapore English, and the methods and approaches used for grammar teaching in modern EFL/ESL textbooks. Finally, Part III revolves around lexis, discourse and pragmatics, with papers that discuss the development of the discoursal representation of social actors in Argentinian newspapers after the military dictatorship, the construction of women’s gender identity through positive and negative emotions in women’s magazines, and spelling-to-sound correspondence on Twitter.

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ALBA PÉREZ-GONZÁLEZ holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Her main research interests include historical linguistics, corpus linguistics and grammaticalization processes in English. She is currently preparing a PhD in English Linguistics with a dissertation on extender tags in the Late Modern English period, supervised by Prof. María José López-Couso. In tracing the historical development and the grammaticalization processes undergone over time by these type of expressions, the focus is on the two most frequent Late Modern English extender tags, namely the disjunctive form or something and the adjunctive one and the like. These two extender tags provide evidence of the differences between the two classes of tags and of the distinctive evolutionary patterns shown by extenders in the history of the English language.and grammaticalization.

CARLA BOUZADA-JABOIS has a BA in English Philology from the University of Vigo with a specialization in English Linguistics. She has an MA in Advanced English Studies and an MA in Secondary School and Language Education from the same university. Currently, Carla is working on her PhD dissertation A corpus-based study of free adjuncts in the recent history of English under the supervision of Dr. Javier Pérez-Guerra (University of Vigo) and Prof. Hubert Cuyckens (KU Leuven). While working on her PhD dissertation, Carla has developed research stays at KU Leuven and Universität Wien. In September 2014 Carla was awarded with a grant to conduct research on...

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