Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English

Paperback | July 24, 2014

EditorRaffaella Zanuttini, Laurence Horn

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By comparing linguistic varieties that are quite similar overall, linguists can often determine where and how grammatical systems differ, and how they change over time. Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English provides a systematic look at minimal differences in the syntax ofvarieties of English spoken in North America. The book makes available for the first time a range of data on unfamiliar constructions drawn from several regional and social dialects, data whose distribution and grammatical properties shed light on the varieties under examination and on theproperties of English syntax more generally. The nine contributions collected in this volume fall under a number of overlapping topics: variation in the expression of negation and modality (the "so don't I" construction in eastern New England, negative auxiliary inversion in declaratives in African-American and southern white English, multiplemodals in southern speech, the "needs washed" construction in the Pittsburgh area); pronouns and reflexives (transitive expletives in Appalachia, personal dative constructions in the Southern/Mountain states, long-distance reflexives in the Minnesota Iron Range); and the relation between linguisticvariation and language change (the rise of "drama SO" among younger speakers, the difficulty in establishing which phenomena cluster together and should be explained by a single point of parametric variation). These chapters delve into the syntactic analysis of individual phenomena, and the editors'introduction and afterword contextualize the issues and explore their semantic, pragmatic, and sociolinguistic implications.

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By comparing linguistic varieties that are quite similar overall, linguists can often determine where and how grammatical systems differ, and how they change over time. Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English provides a systematic look at minimal differences in the syntax ofvarieties of English spoken in North America. The ...

Raffaella Zanuttini is Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. She has worked extensively on the range and limits of variation in the syntactic expression of negation, particularly across the Romance languages, and the notion of clause type and its syntactic realization. She is the author of Negation and Clausal Structure: A Comp...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Raffaella Zanuttini: North American English, Exploring the Syntactic Frontier2. Patricia Irwin: SO [totally] speaker oriented: An analysis of "Drama SO"3. Jim Wood: Affirmative semantics with negative morphosyntax: Negative exclamatives and the New England So AUXn't NP/DP construction4. Lisa Green: Force, Focus, and Negation in African American English5. Raffaella Zanuttini and Judy B. Bernstein: Transitive Expletives in Appalachian English6. Corinne Hutchinson and Grant Armstrong: The Syntax and Semantics of Personal Datives in Appalachian English7. Sara S. Loss: Iron Range English Reflexive Pronouns8. Elspeth Edelstein: This Syntax Needs Studied9. J. Daniel Hasty: We Might Should Be Thinking This Way: Theory and Practice in the Study of Syntactic Variation10. Christina Tortora: Addressing the Problem of Intra-speaker Variation for Parametric Theory11. Laurence R. Horn: Afterword: Microvariation in Syntax and Beyond