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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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‘We cou’d not fail of learning the Latin language, as well as we do the Modern Languages’: An empirical study of the licensors and genre distribution of Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in Late Modern English (Evelyn Gandón-Chapela)

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EVELYN GANDÓN-CHAPELA University of Vigo – evelyn.gandon@uvigo.es

‘We cou’d not fail of learning the Latin language, as well as we do the Modern Languages’: An empirical study of the licensors and genre distribution of Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in Late Modern English1

1.  Introduction

In this paper I will first introduce the concept of ‘ellipsis’, and then describe the characteristics of Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis (section 2), which will be the focus of this study. In section 3, I will offer a general description of the Penn Corpora of Historical English, whose texts have been the data source of this paper. In section 4, I will present the data concerning the licensors attested in Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in Late Modern English and establish a comparison with other empirical works on Present-Day English. In section 5, I will check whether there are any instances of auxiliaries before the licensors of ellipsis. Section 6 provides the summary and concluding remarks. ← 83 | 84 →

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