Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale
Amplifiers in Native and Non-Native Speaker Language Performance
Amplifiers are used differently by native and non-native speakers of English. My quantitative corpus study has shown that, at a first glance, the frequency of amplifiers is higher in non-native than in native-speaker language performance. Yet, at a second glance, this observation has to be relativised. The analysis reveals a non-uniform picture with some amplifiers being over-used in some sub-corpora while under-used in others.