The Noun Phrase in New Englishes: A Corpus-Based Study of its Variation
Corpus linguistics, New Englishes, Noun Phrase, structural variation, International Corpus of English (ICE)
It is the aim of this study to analyze NP variation in New Englishes using corpus-linguistic methods. An overview of English NP structure provides the necessary limitation within which variation can occur. An important line is drawn between variation that exists in the standard and variation that is claimed to be exclusively found in New Englishes, although it can be expected that this line is permeable and fuzzy. Special attention is given to standard deviation of NPs, e.g. non-standard pluralization, article use or word order phenomena, in New Englishes, and it is attempted to summarize and group previous observations. This provides a set of potential deviation patterns that is used as the basis for subsequent corpus-linguistic analyses. Various components of the International Corpus of English will be used for comparison, resulting in a cross-variational view on variation in the NP.
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreyer, Universität Marburg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Wilhelm-Röpke-Str. 6 D