One Language, Two Grammars?: Differences between British and American EnglishOne Language, Two Grammars?: Differences between British and American English

One Language, Two Grammars?: Differences between British and American English

Paperback | December 16, 2010

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It is well known that British and American English differ substantially in their pronunciation and vocabulary - but differences in their grammar have largely been underestimated. This volume focuses on British-American differences in the structure of words and sentences and supports them with computer-aided studies of large text collections. Present-day as well as earlier forms of the two varieties are included in the analyses. This makes it the first book-length treatment of British and American English grammar in contrast, with topics ranging from compound verbs to word order differences and tag questions. The authors explore some of the better-known contrasts, as well as a great variety of innovative themes that have so far received little or no consideration. Bringing together the work of a team of leading scholars in the field, this book will be of interest to those working within the fields of English historical linguistics, language variation and change, and dialectology.
Title:One Language, Two Grammars?: Differences between British and American EnglishFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:486 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:December 16, 2010Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521183960

ISBN - 13:9780521183963


Table of Contents

Introduction Günter Rohdenburg and Julia Schlüter; 1. Colonial lag, colonial innovation or simply language change? Marianne Hundt; 2. Compound verbs Peter Erdmann; 3. The formation of the preterite and the past participle Magnus Levin; 4. Comparatives Britta Mondorf; 5. Phonology and grammar Julia Schlüter; 6. Prepositions and postpositions Eva Berlage; 7. Argument structure David Denison; 8. Reflexive structures Günter Rohdenburg; 9. Noun phrase modification Douglas Biber, Jack Grieve and Gina Iberri-Shea; 10. Nominal complements Günter Rohdenburg; 11. Non-finite complements Uwe Vosberg; 12. The present perfect and the preterite Johan Elsness; 13. The revived subjunctive Göran Kjellmer; 14. The mandative subjunctive William J. Crawford; 15. The conditional subjunctive Julia Schlüter; 16. Tag questions D. J. Allerton; 17. The pragmatics of adverbs Karin Aijmer; 18. How different are American and British grammar? And how are they different? Gunnel Tottie; 19. New departures Günter Rohdenburg and Julia Schlüter.

Editorial Reviews

'... an important and stimulating read for researchers of diverse areas of linguistic research ... a great contribution to growing literature on variation studies using large-scale corpus data.' Studies in English Literature