ELF and language change at the individual level

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In this chapter we attempt to separate the communal and the individual level of language representation and explore how linguistic regularities emerge at each of them. We sample one communal and ten individual corpora of language use from the same ELF environment and examine to what extent syntactic structure, priming and chunking influence linguistic choice in each corpus by looking at the variation between contracted and full forms (it is/it’s). We find clear differences in how these three factors work across the corpora and attempt to interpret them in relation to the properties of individual languages, language change and the role of ELF.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Change : The impact of English as a lingua franca
EditorsAnna Mauranen, Svetlana Vetchinnikova
Number of pages29
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781108675000
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • individual variation
  • complex adaptive systems
  • morphosyntactic variation
  • syntactic structure
  • chunking
  • priming
  • contraction
  • redundancy

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