Past Tense BE: old and new variants

Anna-Liisa Vasko

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This paper discusses the variation and geographic distribution of past tense BE, with particular attention to non-concord of postitive past tense forms. In presenting the variants WAR and WONT it goes beyond the widely documented WAS/WERE and WAS/WEREN'T variation.
The data come from casual conversations with local residents of Cambridgeshire born around the turn of the 20th century and positioned at the lower end of the socio-economic scale. This material is included in the HELSINKI CORPUS OF BRITISH ENGLISH DIALECTS (HD), a collection of tape-recorded interviews gathered in the 1970s and 1980s by Finnish fieldworkers. HD was completed in 2006 and is now being incorporated into into the HELSINKI ARCHIVE OF REGIONAL ENGLISH SPEECH (HARES), an audio archive of the recordings.
Titel på värdpublikationProceedings of Methods XIII : Papers from the Thirteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2008
RedaktörerBarry Heselwood, Clive Upton
Antal sidor10
FörlagPeter Lang
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-631-61240-8
StatusPublicerad - 2010
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation


NamnBamberger Beiträge zur Englischen Sprachwissenschaft
FörlagPeter Lang GmbH
ISSN (tryckt)0721-281X


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