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Exploring variation and change in New Englishes: Looking into the International Corpus of English (ICE) and beyond

Joybrato Mukherjee and Marco Schilk

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of English

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199922765
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199922765.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Exploring variation and change in New Englishes: Looking into the International Corpus of English (ICE) and beyond

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The term “New Englishes” refers to varieties of the English language that have emerged in former British colonies (or, in the case of the Philippines, of the United States). During the past several years, many New Englishes have been described in great detail at various linguistic levels, including phonetics and phonology, morphology and word-formation, syntax and style. This article looks at new developments in corpus-based research into New Englishes. It first outlines how new multi-layered corpus environments including components of the International Corpus of English (ICE), other databases and web-derived corpora offer fresh insights for corpus-based research into the structural nativization of New Englishes at the lexis-grammar interface. It then examines the currently existing limits to diachronic studies of intervarietal divergence (or convergence) between New Englishes and their historically relevant input varieties.

Keywords: New Englishes; International Corpus of English; corpora; structural nativization; input varieties; evolution; lexicogrammar; divergence; convergence; recent change; linguistics

Article.  4541 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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