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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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Spelling-to-sound adaptations on Twitter: The relationship between spelling and pronunciation in a corpus of tweets (Úrsula Kirsten-Torrado)

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ÚRSULA KIRSTEN-TORRADOUniversity of Vigo – kirsten@uvigo.es

Spelling-to-sound adaptations on Twitter: The relationship between spelling and pronunciation in a corpus of tweets

1.  Introduction

It is evident that we live in a technological era, which allows us to communicate with other people differently from the way we used to. Nowadays we can send instant messages (hereafter SMSs) or write in chat rooms, send emails or write messages or comments on different social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook, among others (cf. Baron 1998; Crystal 2001; Thurlow and McKay 2003; Frehner 2008).

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