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"You're gonna, you're not going to": a corpus-based study of colligation and collocation patterns of the (BE) going to construction in Present-day spoken British English
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2000 In: PALC'99: Practical Applications in Language Corpora: Papers from the International Conference at the University of Lódz, 15-18 April 1999, 2000, 161-192 p.Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
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2000. 161-192 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93042ISBN: 3-631-36317-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93042DiVA: diva2:166399
Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Expressions of Future in Present-day English: A Corpus-based Approach
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2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This corpus-based study of the use of expressions of future in English has two aims: to examine how certain expressions of future are used in Present-day English, and to explore how electronic corpora can be exploited for linguistic study.

The expressions focused on in this thesis are five auxiliary or semi-auxiliary verb phrases frequently discussed in studies of future reference in English: will, ’ll, shall, going to and gonna. The study examines the patterned ways in which the expressions are used in association with various linguistic and non-linguistic (or extra-linguistic) factors. The linguistic factors investigated are co-occurrence with particular words and co-occurrence with items of particular grammatical classes. The non-linguistic factors examined are medium (written vs. spoken), text category, speaker characteristics (age, sex, social class, etc.), region and time. The data for the study are exclusively drawn from computer-readable corpora of Present-day English. Corpus analyses are performed with automatic and interactive methods, and exploit both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques.

The study finds that the use of these expressions of future varies with a number of factors. Differences between spoken and written language are particularly prominent and usage also varies between different types of text, both within spoken and written corpora. Variation between groups of speakers is also attested. Although the linguistic co-occurrence patterns are similar to some degree, there are nonetheless differences in the collocational patterns in which the expressions are used.

Methodological issues related to corpus-based studies in general are discussed in the light of the insights gained from this study of expressions of future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2005. 194 p.
Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0562-2719 ; 126
English language, association patterns, corpus linguistics, English, expressions of future, tense, variation, Engelska
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5794 (URN)91-554-6248-0 (ISBN)
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2005-06-10, room 16-0043, Humanistiskt centrum, Thunbergsvägen 3L, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17 Last updated: 2015-12-03Bibliographically approved

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