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Expressions of Future in Present-day English: A Corpus-based Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This corpus-based study of the use of expressions of future in English has two aims: to examine how certain expressions of future are used in Present-day English, and to explore how electronic corpora can be exploited for linguistic study.

The expressions focused on in this thesis are five auxiliary or semi-auxiliary verb phrases frequently discussed in studies of future reference in English: will, ’ll, shall, going to and gonna. The study examines the patterned ways in which the expressions are used in association with various linguistic and non-linguistic (or extra-linguistic) factors. The linguistic factors investigated are co-occurrence with particular words and co-occurrence with items of particular grammatical classes. The non-linguistic factors examined are medium (written vs. spoken), text category, speaker characteristics (age, sex, social class, etc.), region and time. The data for the study are exclusively drawn from computer-readable corpora of Present-day English. Corpus analyses are performed with automatic and interactive methods, and exploit both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques.

The study finds that the use of these expressions of future varies with a number of factors. Differences between spoken and written language are particularly prominent and usage also varies between different types of text, both within spoken and written corpora. Variation between groups of speakers is also attested. Although the linguistic co-occurrence patterns are similar to some degree, there are nonetheless differences in the collocational patterns in which the expressions are used.

Methodological issues related to corpus-based studies in general are discussed in the light of the insights gained from this study of expressions of future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2005. , p. 194
Series
Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0562-2719 ; 126
Keywords [en]
English language, association patterns, corpus linguistics, English, expressions of future, tense, variation
Keywords [sv]
Engelska
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5794ISBN: 91-554-6248-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-5794DiVA, id: diva2:166402
Public defence
2005-06-10, room 16-0043, Humanistiskt centrum, Thunbergsvägen 3L, Uppsala, 10:15
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Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Future in Present-day English: corpus-based evidence on the rivalry of expressions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Future in Present-day English: corpus-based evidence on the rivalry of expressions
1997 In: ICAME Journal, ISSN 0801-5775, Vol. 21, p. 7-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93040 (URN)
Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17Bibliographically approved
2. Exploiting a large spoken corpus: an end-user's way to the BNC
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploiting a large spoken corpus: an end-user's way to the BNC
1999 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, ISSN 1384-6655, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 29-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93041 (URN)
Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17Bibliographically approved
3. "You're gonna, you're not going to": a corpus-based study of colligation and collocation patterns of the (BE) going to construction in Present-day spoken British English
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"You're gonna, you're not going to": a corpus-based study of colligation and collocation patterns of the (BE) going to construction in Present-day spoken British English
2000 In: PALC'99: Practical Applications in Language Corpora: Papers from the International Conference at the University of Lódz, 15-18 April 1999, 2000, p. 161-192Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93042 (URN)3-631-36317-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17Bibliographically approved
4. Utilising Present-day English corpora: a case-study concerning expressions of future
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utilising Present-day English corpora: a case-study concerning expressions of future
2000 In: ICAME Journal, ISSN 0801-5775, Vol. 24, p. 25-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93043 (URN)
Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17Bibliographically approved
5. Gonna and going to in the spoken component of the British National Corpus
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gonna and going to in the spoken component of the British National Corpus
2000 In: Corpus linguistics and linguistic theory: Papers from the twentieth international conference on English language research on computerized corpora (ICAME 20) Freiburg im Breisgau 1999, 2000, p. 35-49Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93044 (URN)90-420-1493-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2005-05-17 Created: 2005-05-17Bibliographically approved

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