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Lexis and discourse<sup>1</sup>

Karen P. Corrigan

in Irish English, Volume 1 - Northern Ireland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780748634286
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634286.003.0004
Lexis and discourse1

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A comprehensive study of the lexicon of Northern Irish English is beyond the scope of this book. However, this chapter discusses word formation processes that are typical in this and other English varieties (especially borrowing, compounding and derivation). It also explores the historical development of the specific word-stock associated with Northern Ireland and how the system has been analysed in previous research. The chapter concludes with an outline of characteristic discourse markers used in the region and an overview of research into typical interactional strategies adopted in key contexts for a variety of socio-pragmatic reasons.

Keywords: Lexicography; Scots; Northern English; Irish; Scandinavian; Anglo-Norman; Old French; Germanic; Discourse Particles; Conversation Analysis

Chapter.  8137 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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