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English Core Linguistics

Essays in honour of D. J. Allerton

Cornelia Tschichold

This volume unites nineteen papers on core topics in linguistics: phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and phraseology of English, exploring both synchronic and diachronic aspects of the English language. The papers have been collected to honour D. J. Allerton, who has taken a keen interest in all of these fields throughout his professional life. He has just retired from his professorship at the university of Basel where he has been professor of English linguistics since 1980.
The authors of the contributions are colleagues and former students, all of whom felt inspired by his way of doing linguistics. Topics covered range from the Great Vowel Shift to contemporary changes in World Englishes, and from theoretical questions on the sound system and word formation patterns of English to more applied topics in phraseology and the lexicon.
Contents: Richard J. Watts: Was the Great Vowel Shift really ‘great’? A reappraisal of research work on an elusive linguistic phenomenon – Martina Häcker: From linking [h] to glottal stop: changes in the phonotactic system of 20th-century Cockney – Peter Trudgill: Linguistic changes in pan-world English – Richard Matthews: English vowel phonology and the quest for the ‘fourth dimension’ – Alan Cruttenden: A two-tone approach to urban North British – Sarah Ebner: A dynamical systems approach to speech and language – Martin Durrell: From regularity to irregularity in morphology: Ablaut in the West Germanic Languages – Clive Grey: Well I’ ll be verbed: «walksorted» and conversion as a lexical process in contemporary British English – Dorota A. Smyk: On unintentionality in morphological productivity – Pius ten Hacken: Phrases in words – Anthony Cowie: Some aspects of the treatment of phraseology in the OED – Judith Wieser: Opening and closing eyes: a corpus-based study of a set of idioms – Alexandra Pusch/Michael Stubbs: Frequent terms in linguistics: A pilot corpus study for a pedagogical word-list – Nadja Nesselhauf: Transfer at the locutional level: an investigation of German-speaking and French-speaking learners of English – Cornelia Tschichold: Error analysis and lexical errors – Allan Turner: Fronting in Tolkien’s archaising style and its translation – Kevin McCafferty: Language contact in Early Modern Ireland: the case of be after V-ing as a future gram – Paul Skandera: Start doing or start to do: Is the gerund spreading in American English? – Lyndon Higgs: Has shall become extinct?