Morphology and Syntax

David Deterding

in Singapore English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625444
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651535 | DOI:
Morphology and Syntax

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There is somewhat more difference in the ways inflectional suffixes occur in Singapore English when compared to the usage found in traditional varieties of English such as those of Britain or America. This chapter considers inflectional suffixes such as -ed in the past-tense form of the verb and -s in both the third-person singular present-tense form of the verb and the plural form of the noun. It also discusses other syntactic issues such as the occurrence of the modal verbs will and would, the occasional omission of the copula verb be, the use of the perfective, the meaning of till, relative pronouns, reduplication of words, invariant utterance-final tags, the incidence of extra prepositions, and finally the occurrence of null-subject structures.

Keywords: inflectional suffixes; Singapore English; modal verbs; copula verbs; perfectives; till; relative pronouns; word reduplication; prepositions; null subjects

Chapter.  8263 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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