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New Trends and Methodologies in Applied English Language Research

Diachronic, Diatopic and Contrastive Studies


Edited By José Carlos Prado Alonso, Lidia Gomez Garcia, Iria Pastor Gomez and David Tizón Couto

This book has been shortlisted for an ESSE book award 2012 in English Language and Linguistics, Junior Scholars.
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.


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Notes on Contributors VIKTORIA BÖRJESSON is a PhD student in English Linguistics at the Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Gothenburg. She is a member of the Swedish team for the LINDSEI Project (Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage) and her thesis is on adjective modification in Swedish advanced learner English. Her wider research interests include corpus lin- guistics, contrastive interlanguage analysis, English as a second lan- guage and second language acquisition. MILAGROS CHAO-CASTRO obtained an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela in June 2003, and commenced doctoral studies in English Linguistics there the same year. Since 2005 she has been an FPU researcher for the Spanish Ministry for Education, writing her PhD thesis on dual-form adverbs in English. She is a member of the research group Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization (VLCG; University of Santiago de Compostela) and has also carried out research at the University of Helsinki (2007) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2008). Her main research interests are historical linguistics, lexicology, morphol- ogy and grammaticalization processes. After a degree in English Language, Literature and Civilisation (major in Linguistics) in 2001, ANISSA DAHAK specialised in English phono- logy, obtaining a ‘maîtrise’ and a ‘DEA’ (equivalent to a master’s de- gree) in 2004. She is currently writing a thesis on English phonology at the Université Paris Diderot. Her interest in phonology led her to the study of some aspects of language variation: vocalic, consonantal and stress variants. This...

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