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Ongoing grammatical changes and global Englishes
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3123-6932
2013 (English)In: Changing English: Contact & variation, 2013, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper looks into how current grammatical changes in English are reflected and adopted in use in the present-day global Englishes, i.e. in lingua franca and in other L2-varieties of today. The study of ongoing changes in English has emerged as a lively field recently, and the studies of lexico-grammatical variability have identified a range of patterns of contemporary change (Leech et al. 2009; Mair & Leech 2006). Much of this research has focused on the inner core varieties of English, and only recently have we seen investigations targeting changes in the new Englishes (see Filppula 2012; Laitinen 2011). The main argument is that more emphasis should be placed on exploring the diachronic embedding of variability in today's global Englishes. This paper presents evidence on two current and ongoing changes: (a) variability in the modals of will/shall (Leech 2003) and (b) changes in the adverbial connectives of every/each/any time (Brinton 2007). I will draw evidence from two databases that represent English uses in Sweden and in Finland. These databases are currently in compilation, with the aim that they would provide good practices for developing a new generation of global English text corpora.

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2013.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Humanities, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-36584OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-36584DiVA, id: diva2:740049
Conference
Changing English: Contacts & Variation, Helsinki,10-12 June, 2013
Available from: 2014-08-22 Created: 2014-08-22 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved

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