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"Off with their heads". Profiling TAM in ICE corpora


Schneider, Gerold; Hundt, Marianne (2012). "Off with their heads". Profiling TAM in ICE corpora. In: Hundt, Marianne; Gut, Ulrike. Mapping Unity and Diversity World-Wide. Corpus-Based Studies of New Englishes. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1-34.

Abstract

The main aim of our chapter is a methodological one, that of comparing a largely data-driven approach to regional variation in world Englishes and a corpus-based approach. As a case study, we examine tense, aspect and modality (TAM) differences between five varieties. Our investigation uses frequency differences in verb chunks and tags, based on syntactically annotated material from the International Corpus of English. Most of our results corroborate previous, corpus-based findings. The data-driven findings guide our qualitative investigation of the perfect tense, modal verbs and the progressive. While our approach is far from being fully automatic, only minimal manual interaction
is needed for going through and filtering the top one or two dozen entries in ranked lists.

The main aim of our chapter is a methodological one, that of comparing a largely data-driven approach to regional variation in world Englishes and a corpus-based approach. As a case study, we examine tense, aspect and modality (TAM) differences between five varieties. Our investigation uses frequency differences in verb chunks and tags, based on syntactically annotated material from the International Corpus of English. Most of our results corroborate previous, corpus-based findings. The data-driven findings guide our qualitative investigation of the perfect tense, modal verbs and the progressive. While our approach is far from being fully automatic, only minimal manual interaction
is needed for going through and filtering the top one or two dozen entries in ranked lists.

Additional indexing

Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:13 Apr 2012 14:08
Last Modified:08 May 2016 12:28
Publisher:John Benjamins
Series Name:Varieties of English Around the World
Number:G43
ISBN:978-90-272-7494-6
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=NEBIS&CON_LNG=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=007152906

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