Variation in English auxiliary realization: A new take on contraction

  title={Variation in English auxiliary realization: A new take on contraction},
  author={L. MacKenzie},
  journal={Language Variation and Change},
  pages={17 - 41}
  • L. MacKenzie
  • Published 2013
  • Psychology
  • Language Variation and Change
Abstract English auxiliary contraction has received much attention in the linguistic literature, but our knowledge of this variable has remained limited due to the absence of a thorough corpus study. This paper examines contraction of six auxiliaries in two corpora, considering three distinct phonological shapes in which they occur and the implications for an analysis of the grammatical processes that underlie the surface alternation in form. I argue that the data best support a two-stage… Expand