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Language users as creatures of habit: A corpus-based analysis of persistence in spoken English
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We show that persistence is a factor which deserves empirical attention, and that its existence has consequences for both linguistic theory and practice. Expand
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Recent changes in the function and frequency of Standard English genitive constructions: a multivariate analysis of tagged corpora
This study of present-day English genitive variation is based on all interchangeable instances of s- and of-genitives from the ‘Reportage’ and ‘Editorial’ categories of the ‘Brown family’ of corpora.Expand
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Dative and genitive variability in Late Modern English: Exploring cross-constructional variation and change
We present a cross-constructional approach to the history of the genitive alternation and the dative alternation in Late Modern English (AD 1650 to AD 1999), drawing on richly annotated datasets andExpand
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A statistical method for the identification and aggregation of regional linguistic variation
This paper introduces a method for the analysis of regional linguistic variation. The method identifies individual and common patterns of spatial clustering in a set of linguistic variables measuredExpand
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Global synopsis: Morphological and syntactic variation in english
Compared with the regional synopses, it is in this chapter that we shall adopt a truly bird’s-eye, or even satellite, view at morphosyntactic variation across the non-standard varieties in theExpand
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Morphosyntactic persistence in spoken English: a corpus study at the intersection of variationist sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and discourse analysis
Language users are creatures of habit with a tendency to re-use linguistic material that they have produced or heard before. In other words, linguistic patterns and tokens, once used, persist inExpand
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On operationalizing syntactic complexity
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I will report the results from an experiment comparing three measures of syntactic complexity — node counts, word counts, and a so-called ‘Index of Syntactic Complexity’ — with regard to their accuracy and applicability. Expand
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Be Going to Versus Will/Shall
This study offers a novel account for the variation between the two major syntactic options to express futurity in English, BE GOING TO and WILL/SHALL. The focus of attention, unlike in many previousExpand
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Corpus-based Dialectometry: Aggregate Morphosyntactic Variability in British English Dialects
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The research reported in this paper departs from most previous work in dialectometry in several ways. Expand
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