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Linguistic Perspectives on a Variable English Morpheme

Let's talk about –s

Authors: Rupp, Laura, Britain, David

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  • Examines how –s emerged historically, the way it developed, how it has been distributed geographically and socially, and the work it performs in the English language
  • Explores a wide range of alternative linguistic, social and stylistic functions performed by –s in non-standard dialects of English
  • Argues that adequate understanding of –s marking can only be achieved by integrating perspectives from different disciplines
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This book investigates –s marking in English verbs, specifically its manifestations in main verbs, in the past tense of BE, and in existential constructions. It embraces the many ways in which –s marking varies across the English speaking world, and considers both how it arose in these places historically and the ways in which it has since developed. The authors propose a story which holistically accounts for these different manifestations of –s, drawing upon evidence from a wide range of subdisciplines in linguistics, including sociolinguistics, generative syntax, historical linguistics, dialectology, and discourse-pragmatics. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in these and related fields.


About the authors

Laura Rupp is a Universitair Hoofddocent Engelse Taalkunde at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research interest embrace grammatical variation and change, the interface between grammar and discourse-pragmatics, and (diversity in) English pronunciation. Her most recent research projects have been on verbal –s in English and variation in the use of articles.

David Britain is Professor of Modern English Linguistics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research interests embrace language variation and change, varieties of English (especially in Southern England, the Southern Hemisphere and the Pacific), dialect contact and attrition, dialect ideologies, and the dialectology-human geography interface, especially with respect to space/place, urban/rural and the role of mobilities.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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  • ISBN 978-1-4039-3968-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Linguistic Perspectives on a Variable English Morpheme
Book Subtitle
Let's talk about –s
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-72803-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-72803-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-3968-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 370
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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