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New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III

Synchronic and diachronic studies on discourse, lexis and grammar processing

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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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Looking into extender tags in Late Modern English: The case of or something or other (Alba Pérez-González)

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ALBA PÉREZ-GONZÁLEZ University of Santiago de Compostela – alba.perez@rai.usc.es

Looking into extender tags in Late Modern English: The case of or something or other1

1.  Introduction

This paper is part of a larger project on extender tags in the Late Modern English period. Extender tags are expressions of the type and the like and or something in examples such as (1) and (2) that are added to the end of phrases, sometimes in clause-final position, in order to extend otherwise complete utterances. In addition to the label extender tag used by Carroll (2008), expressions of this kind have also been referred to as set-marking tags (Dines 1980), generalized list completers (Jefferson 1990), vague category identifiers (Channell 1994) and general extenders (Overstreet 1999), among others.

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