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By Bernd Kortmann (ed.), Tanja Herrmann (ed.), Lukas Pietsch (ed.), Susanne Wagner (ed.)

This quantity bargains qualitative in addition to corpus-based quantitative reviews on 3 domain names of grammatical edition within the British Isles. All experiences draw seriously at the Freiburg English Dialect Corpus (FRED), a automatic corpus for predominantly British English dialects comprising a few 2.5 million phrases. in addition to an account of FRED and the benefits which a functional-typological framework bargains for the examine of dialect grammar, the amount comprises the next 3 significant studies.

Tanja Herrmann's research is the 1st systematic cross-regional learn of relativization suggestions for Scotland, Northern eire, and 4 significant dialect components in England. In her learn layout Hermann has incorporated a couple of matters an important in typological examine on relative clauses, notably the Noun word Accessibility Hierarchy. Lukas Pietsch investigates the so-called Northern topic Rule, a different contract phenomenon recognized from Northern England, Scotland and northerly eire. His examine is based mostly at the Northern eire Transcribed Corpus of Speech, but in addition at the FRED and SED facts (Survey of English Dialects) for the North of britain. Susanne Wagner is worried with the phenomenon of pronominal gender, focussing in particular at the typologically really exact semantic gender method within the dialects of Southwest England.

This quantity might be of curiosity to dialectologists, sociolinguists, typologists, historic linguists, grammarians, and an individual attracted to the constitution of spontaneous spoken English.

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Hence, non-gender-marked relative marker which has to be attributed the status of relative pronoun. e. when speakers want to express the ‘kind of person’, instead of the ‘identity’ (cf. Huddleston and Pullum 2002: 1048–1049; cf. also Quirk et al. 13 For example: (6) Remember that they have a house-keeper, [which we don’t have]. (Huddleston and Pullum 2002: 1049) Mair (1998: 130–132) focuses on the ‘relaxation of a grammatical agreement rule’ concerning the who/which opposition, in analogy to the who/which distinction with collective nouns: “The use of which [in these cases] de-emphasises the status of members of a particular group as individuals and presents them as a collective” (1998: 130).

In fact, the Central Southwest and the Northern Ireland corpora exclusively consist of data by broad speakers, while the composition of speakers of the other four corpora is more heterogeneous. 3. Overall distribution of relative clauses and relative markers Table 1 presents the overall frequencies of adnominal relative markers in the six investigated regions (Central Southwest, East Anglia, Central Midlands, Central North, Scotland; Northern Ireland). Absolute numbers are typed in boldface; percentages are given in square brackets.

C. 1997 DO-periphrasis in contact? ), 401–417. Stuttgart: Steiner. Trudgill, Peter 1999² The Dialects of England. Oxford: Blackwell. Wakelin, Martyn F. 1975 Language and History in Cornwall. Leicester: Leicester University Press. Weltens, Bert 1983 Non-standard periphrastic do in the dialects of South West Britain. Love and Language 3: 56–74. Williams, Ann, and Paul Kerswill 1999 Dialect levelling: Change and continuity in Milton Keynes, Reading and Hull. ), 141–162. London: Edward Arnold. Relative clauses in English dialects of the British Isles Tanja Herrmann Abstract This cross-dialectal analysis of adnominal relative clauses relates results from a variety of English dialects to typological hierarchies, particularly the Noun Phrase Accessibility Hierarchy (AH; Keenan and Comrie 1977).

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