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Variety and Variability

A Corpus-based Cognitive Lexical-semantics Analysis of Prepositional Usage in British, New Zealand and Malaysian English

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Imran Ho-Abdullah

Research into varieties of Englishes around the world has received much attention from scholars. This book offers a new perspective from a cognitive inter and intra lexemic analysis of prepositional variations in Malaysian English and contrasts them with similar prepositions in New Zealand and British English. Based on corpora data from the three varieties, the author provides usage types analysis of the prepositions at, in and on. The analysis exploits cognitive approaches to prepositional polysemy and gives a motivated account of prepositional variations across varieties. The book offers a wealth of corpus based linguistic data and explanation to our understanding of variations in prepositional usage in different varieties of English. The distributional frequencies of various usage types are provided to illustrate the variation.

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271 Index Abstract domains 76-77, 82, 89, 92, 133, 176, 241 Abstract usage of prepositions 62, 77, 101, 131, 159, 218, 283, 303, 307, 308, 314 Accent 11, 18, 183 Acceptability 14, 23, 91, 237, 247 Acrolect 11-12 Adjective 15, 24, 30, 37, 47, 59-60, 64, 66, 133, 230 Adjunct 36 Adverb 36, 45 Adverbial functions of prepositions 36, 39, 41-42, 50-51, 75, 94, 130 African-American Vernacular English 31-33, 80-81 Agentive uses of prepositions 31-32, 54, 58-59, 61, 63, 66, 68 American English 1, 6, 27-30, 65, 119, 126-128 Area usage 95, 101-102, 110-111, 143, 153, 161, 173-176, 179-180, 189- 190, 198, 203-206, 222, 240 Australian English 9, 114 Basilect 11, 12 Benefactive uses of prepositions 68 Bilinguality 3 British English 1, 6, 11-12, 17-19, 22- 24, 26-27, 29-31, 65, 67, 118-119, 123, 216, 234, 239 Brown Corpus 26-27, 118 Canadian English 1 Caribbean English 1 Case functions 66, 68 Categorial status 244 Categorisation 1, 6, 8, 48, 53, 69, 73, 83, 87-88, 112, 131, 137, 239, 248 Causal usage 31-33, 54, 57, 59-61, 80, 86, 97, 105-106, 115-116, 133-134, 137, 142-147, 155-157, 161-166, 185-186, 189-195, 213, 217-219, 237, 240-241, 246 Chains of meaning 78, 82 Chi-square test 128, 139, 144, 163, 191-192, 217, 240 Circumstance usage 86, 89, 97, 105-106, 115-116, 133, 137, 142-147, 155, 159, 161-166, 184-186, 189, 191- 195, 212, 217, 223, 237, 241, 246 Classification of prepositional usage 2- 5, 35, 49, 65, 73, 81, 83, 86-87, 90, 118, 123, 130-131, 136, 138, 198, 211, 239,...

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