By Antoinette Renouf, Andrew Kehoe
All through historical past, linguists and literary students were impelled through interest approximately specific linguistic or literary phenomena to hunt to monitor them in motion in unique texts. The culmination of every past enquiry in flip nourish the need to proceed to obtain wisdom, via additional remark of more recent linguistic proof. As time is going through, the corpus linguist operates more and more within the information of what has long gone prior to. Corpus Linguistics, thirty years on, is much less an blameless sortie into corpus territory at the foundation of a slump than an educated, serious reassessment of current analytical orthodoxy, within the gentle of latest facts approaching circulate. This quantity includes twenty-two articles penned via individuals of the ICAME (International desktop Archive of contemporary and Mediaeval English) organization, which jointly supply a serious and expert reappraisal of the proof, information, equipment and instruments of Corpus Linguistics that are on hand this day. Authors re-evaluate the bounds of the self-discipline, exploring its components of commonality with Sociolinguistics, Language edition, Discourse Linguistics, and Lexical records and exhibiting how that commonality is almost certainly of massive gain to practitioners within the fields involved. the quantity culminates within the record of a well timed and novel specialist panel dialogue at the position of Corpus Linguistics within the examine of English as an international language. This encompasses matters reminiscent of English as a world lingua franca, 'norms' for worldwide English, and the query of 'ownership', or who qualifies as a local speaker.
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Me fraid you know the man a call her she run gon go go take picture So I’m like where’s the picture we thought it was a instant thing. She’s like no him have it. Note that while the direct conversations of ICE Jamaica contain c. 50 clear instances of quotative be like, quotative go seems to be absent from the data. There is, however, one informal quotation-introducing device which is in competition with be like, namely Jamaican Creole mi say, him say etc. As is not surprising in such a case of rapid change in progress, the use of be like is influenced by diverse extralinguistic and structural factors “such as age and sex of the speaker […] grammatical person of the subject, discourse function of the quotation and tense” (Barbieri 2005: 223) and – the point of Barbieri’s (2005) own paper – register.
Vol II: Morphology and syntax. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 1142-1202. Machin, D. and T. Leeuwen (2003), ‘Global schemas and local discourses in Cosmopolitan’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 7: 493-512. Mair, C. (2002), ‘Creolisms in an emerging standard: written English in Jamaica’, English World-Wide, 23: 31-58. Mair, C. (2006), Twentieth-century English: history, variation, standardization. Cambridge: CUP. Mair, C. and G. Leech (2006), ‘Current changes’, in: B. Aarts and A. ) The handbook of English linguistics.
Where subjects have died, we were advised that we would be in a ‘Catch 22’ situation: to gain the informed consent of their family would mean breaching the confidentiality of the subject. Compliance with the Data Protection Act (1998) has thus involved putting in place a number of safeguards which restrict immediate access to the NECTE materials. However, these safeguards have not made NECTE inaccessible. To access the corpus, one has to be serious and put in some effort, so it is not likely to be accessed by the casual ‘surfer’.