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Do-support in early New Zealand and Australian English


Hundt, Marianne (2015). Do-support in early New Zealand and Australian English. In: Collins, Peter. Grammatical Change in English World-Wide. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 65-86.

Abstract

Currently, do-support is obligatory with most lexical verbs in negation and questions. At the end of the 19th century it was still variable, in particular with verbs of the so-called know-group. Research on change in British and American English additionally reveals a marked regional difference in the spread of do-support with the lexical verb have. The current study uses corpus evidence to verify whether the two southern-hemisphere varieties, in the second half of the 19th century, followed the British model or whether there were signs of divergence in this area of grammar. The focus is on negation and variable do-support with the lexical verb have. The general picture is one of parallel development, with only minimal differences between the four varieties.

Abstract

Currently, do-support is obligatory with most lexical verbs in negation and questions. At the end of the 19th century it was still variable, in particular with verbs of the so-called know-group. Research on change in British and American English additionally reveals a marked regional difference in the spread of do-support with the lexical verb have. The current study uses corpus evidence to verify whether the two southern-hemisphere varieties, in the second half of the 19th century, followed the British model or whether there were signs of divergence in this area of grammar. The focus is on negation and variable do-support with the lexical verb have. The general picture is one of parallel development, with only minimal differences between the four varieties.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:05 Dec 2014 09:44
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 08:42
Publisher:John Benjamins
ISBN:9789027203755
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/scl.67.04hun
Related URLs:https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/scl.67/main (Publisher)

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