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On models and modelling


Hundt, Marianne (2021). On models and modelling. World Englishes, 40(3):298-317.

Abstract

World Englishes (WE) research has been invested in getting to grips with the diversity of different Englishes and in making sense of their structural properties. The first research strand led to a proliferation of theoretical models, the second to comparative research relying increasingly on sophisticated statistical modelling. The connection between these research strands is not always as clear as we might wish, and occasionally even rather tenuous. This paper revisits existing models of WEs with a view to their predictive ‘power’ and reviews recent corpus-based studies with respect to the ways that these have tried to operationalise predictions of theoretical models. It uses a mental model to understand exactly why it is apparently so difficult to bring intricate, quantitative modelling of usage data to bear on theoretical modelling.

Abstract

World Englishes (WE) research has been invested in getting to grips with the diversity of different Englishes and in making sense of their structural properties. The first research strand led to a proliferation of theoretical models, the second to comparative research relying increasingly on sophisticated statistical modelling. The connection between these research strands is not always as clear as we might wish, and occasionally even rather tenuous. This paper revisits existing models of WEs with a view to their predictive ‘power’ and reviews recent corpus-based studies with respect to the ways that these have tried to operationalise predictions of theoretical models. It uses a mental model to understand exactly why it is apparently so difficult to bring intricate, quantitative modelling of usage data to bear on theoretical modelling.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Language
410 Linguistics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Anthropology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language
Language:English
Date:1 September 2021
Deposited On:04 May 2020 16:14
Last Modified:23 Jun 2024 01:39
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0883-2919
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/weng.12467
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