By Bernd Kortmann (ed.), Tanja Herrmann (ed.), Lukas Pietsch (ed.), Susanne Wagner (ed.)
This quantity deals qualitative in addition to corpus-based quantitative stories on 3 domain names of grammatical edition within the British Isles. All stories draw seriously at the Freiburg English Dialect Corpus (FRED), a automated corpus for predominantly British English dialects comprising a few 2.5 million phrases. along with an account of FRED and the benefits which a functional-typological framework bargains for the examine of dialect grammar, the amount comprises the next 3 titanic studies.
Tanja Herrmann's examine is the 1st systematic cross-regional learn of relativization concepts for Scotland, Northern eire, and 4 significant dialect parts in England. In her examine layout Hermann has incorporated a couple of matters the most important in typological study on relative clauses, chiefly the Noun word Accessibility Hierarchy. Lukas Pietsch investigates the so-called Northern topic Rule, a unique contract phenomenon identified from Northern England, Scotland and northerly eire. His examine is based mostly at the Northern eire Transcribed Corpus of Speech, but in addition at the FRED and SED info (Survey of English Dialects) for the North of britain. Susanne Wagner is anxious with the phenomenon of pronominal gender, focussing specially at the typologically quite precise semantic gender method within the dialects of Southwest England.
This quantity should be of curiosity to dialectologists, sociolinguists, typologists, old linguists, grammarians, and an individual attracted to the constitution of spontaneous spoken English.
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Since at and that appear(ed) side by side, in the Central North and Scotland as well as in other areas of regular or occasional initial th-dropping (when unstressed), like East Anglia (cf. Poussa 1996: 529 and 531; cf. also Peitsara 2002: 169), the two were not formally distinguished, but the few transcribed instances of at were subsumed under that. 5%), followed by zero (34%). Occasional or frequent occurrences of zero are also mentioned by all previous Relative clauses in dialects of English 37 authors after 1905.
At = that. Since at and that appear(ed) side by side, in the Central North and Scotland as well as in other areas of regular or occasional initial th-dropping (when unstressed), like East Anglia (cf. Poussa 1996: 529 and 531; cf. also Peitsara 2002: 169), the two were not formally distinguished, but the few transcribed instances of at were subsumed under that. 5%), followed by zero (34%). Occasional or frequent occurrences of zero are also mentioned by all previous Relative clauses in dialects of English 37 authors after 1905.
13 For example: (6) Remember that they have a house-keeper, [which we don’t have]. (Huddleston and Pullum 2002: 1049) Mair (1998: 130–132) focuses on the ‘relaxation of a grammatical agreement rule’ concerning the who/which opposition, in analogy to the who/which distinction with collective nouns: “The use of which [in these cases] de-emphasises the status of members of a particular group as individuals and presents them as a collective” (1998: 130). This is illustrated in (7): (7) It [the proposed law] is aimed at the external hacker [of which there are far fewer than press reports suggest] ....
A Comparative Grammar of British English Dialects, Volume 1: Agreement, Gender, Relative Clauses by Bernd Kortmann (ed.), Tanja Herrmann (ed.), Lukas Pietsch (ed.), Susanne Wagner (ed.)