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Colloquialization and NOT-contraction in Nineteenth-century English
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2012 (English)In: Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics: A Multi-dimensional Approach / [ed] Manfred Markus, Yoko Iyeiri, Reinhard Heuberger, Emil Chamson, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012, 191-206 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study examines the distribution of not-contracted and uncontracted forms in nineteenth-century English. The results show that the proportion of not-contracted forms increases across the nineteenth century, although there is a great deal of variation along genre lines. The results are linked to a discussion of the applicability of the concept of colloquialization to Late Modern English (LModE). Previous research on the colloquialization of English has focused chiefly on late-twentieth-century developments. This study demonstrates that the 1800s exhibit some similarities to the late twentieth century as regards certain types of societal change, which makes it relevant to attempt to apply the colloquialization framework to the LModE period.

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Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012. 191-206 p.
, Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 50
Keyword [en]
Colloquialization, Late Modern English, contraction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-186942ISBN: 9789027203557OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-186942DiVA: diva2:573339
Colloquialization in Late Modern English
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