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Non-native 17th-century English
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2013 (English)In: Studia Neophilologica, ISSN 0039-3274, Vol. 85, no 2, 174-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article has two aims: to introduce the study of manuscripts written in English by Swedes in the 17th and 18th centuries; and to highlight in one case study the acquisition and use of verb morphology by a young Swedish nobleman, Edvard Gyldenstolpe, as evidenced in two travelogues and five private letters from 1698–9. The first part of the article outlines the background to the project. It describes the possibilities and challenges of building a historical database of non-native English, and outlines uses of the English language before it became a world language. In the second part of the article, a case of study illustrates how verb morphology is used by a non-native language user at a time when hardly any teaching materials or dictionaries were available to Swedish learners of English.

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Taylor and Francis, 2013. Vol. 85, no 2, 174-186 p.
Keyword [en]
Early Modern English, non-native English, verb agreement, travelogues
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-217164OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-217164DiVA: diva2:692252
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