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Primed progressives? Predicting the progressive in World Englishes


Rautionaho, Paula; Hundt, Marianne (2022). Primed progressives? Predicting the progressive in World Englishes. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 18(3):599-625.

Abstract

This corpus-based study focuses on the progressive:nonprogressive alternation from a novel perspective, i.e. the effect of syntactic priming. We an- notated a dataset of 5,000 progressive and nonprogressive occurrences in ten different varieties of English from the International Corpus of English for variables such as Aktionsart categories and elements related to priming and subjected the data to a generalized linear mixed methods tree analysis. The results indicate that the progressive is most likely to occur in situations that are durative in nature and when they are preceded by another progressive; overall, we find some evidence of probabilistic indigenization with regard to the use of progressives in different varieties. However, while syntactic priming seems to play a role overall in the choice of the progressive over the nonprogressive, we do not find evidence sup- porting the idea that priming may explain the use of nonstandard stative progressives.

Abstract

This corpus-based study focuses on the progressive:nonprogressive alternation from a novel perspective, i.e. the effect of syntactic priming. We an- notated a dataset of 5,000 progressive and nonprogressive occurrences in ten different varieties of English from the International Corpus of English for variables such as Aktionsart categories and elements related to priming and subjected the data to a generalized linear mixed methods tree analysis. The results indicate that the progressive is most likely to occur in situations that are durative in nature and when they are preceded by another progressive; overall, we find some evidence of probabilistic indigenization with regard to the use of progressives in different varieties. However, while syntactic priming seems to play a role overall in the choice of the progressive over the nonprogressive, we do not find evidence sup- porting the idea that priming may explain the use of nonstandard stative progressives.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:26 October 2022
Deposited On:11 Jan 2022 08:05
Last Modified:27 May 2024 01:47
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:1613-7027
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2021-0012
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