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Belfast English and Standard English : Dialect Variation and Parameter Setting - Alison Henry

Belfast English and Standard English

Dialect Variation and Parameter Setting

Paperback Published: 1st November 1994
ISBN: 9780195082920
Number Of Pages: 160

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The study of comparative syntax in closely related languages has yielded valuable insights into syntactic phenomena--for example in the study of the Romance languages--yet little comparative work has been done on English dialects. This is the first comparison of the syntax of Belfast English and Standard English, using Chomsky's "Principles and Parameters"/Minimalist framework. Alison Henry analyzes various Belfast English constructions and their Standard English counterparts to gain insight into both English syntax and syntactic theory in general. In the process, she makes valuable data on Belfast English readily available for the first time.

"This extremely readable and well-produced book is to be commended for its clarity and lack of obfuscation...This book will be particularly useful for researchers who wish to develop interests in both linguistic theory and language variation, bridging the gulf which has for too long been a feature of the linguistic landscape."--Language in Society "This extremely readable and well-produced book is to be commended for its clarity and lack of obfuscation...This book will be particularly useful for researchers who wish to develop interests in both linguistic theory and language variation, bridging the gulf which has for too long been a feature of the linguistic landscape."--Language in Society

Introductionp. 3
Subject-Verb Agreementp. 16
Overt-Subject Imperativesp. 45
For-To Infinitivesp. 81
Inversion in Embedded Questionsp. 105
Subject Contact Relativesp. 124
Conclusionp. 136
Notesp. 139
Referencesp. 142
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9780195082920
ISBN-10: 0195082923
Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st November 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 14.05  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.23