Diachronic, Diatopic and Contrastive Studies
This volume approaches the analysis of variation in English from diachronic, diatopic, and contrastive/comparative perspectives. The individual case studies, all closely interrelated, are organized into three parts or sections. Part I ( Diachronic Studies) applies a variationist methodology to the analysis of developments in the use of the courtesy marker please, adverbs in -ly, the s- genitive and a number of phrasal combinations with the verb get. It also examines Early Modern English regional dialect vocabulary. Part II ( Diatopic Studies) is concerned with the analysis of several morphological and phonological features in different varieties of English, namely Standard English, Modern Scottish English, Galwegian English, and Black South-African English. Part III ( Contrastive Studies) contains four chapters dealing with the contrastive analysis of a number of morphosyntactic features, such as the use of modifiers of adjectives by advanced learners of English, the acquisition and use of aspect by advanced EFL learners with different mother-tongue backgrounds, a comparison of the tempo-aspectual categories of English and Italian, and some of the problems encountered by researchers when compiling and analysing learner corpora of spoken language.
Acknowledgements The present volume would not have been possible without the co- operation of a number of individuals and institutions. First and fore- most, we owe a special debt of gratitude to Teresa Fanego at the Department of English, University of Santiago de Compostela, whose invaluable guidance and support were unfailing throughout the editing process. Our thanks also to the members of the four research teams which comprise the English Linguistics Circle (VLCG, SPERTUS, LVTC and MMTAFL) for their help in various ways. We are also greatly indebted to each of the authors herein for their contributions and their cooperation, as well as to all those who acted as anonymous reviewers, for their insightful suggestions of improvements. Thanks are also due to the editorial staff of Peter Lang, in particular to Maurizio Gotti for his cooperation, and Ursula Retting- haus for her good counsel in response to our many queries. Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Autonomous Government of Galicia (grants 2008-047, INCITE 08PXIB204016PR and 08PXIB204033PR), the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innova- tion (grants HUM2007-60706 and FFI2008-00883-E), and the Univer- sity of Vigo (Vicerrectorado de Investigación). Santiago de Compostela, May 2009 The Editors
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