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The Morphology of English Dialects

Verb-Formation in Non-standard English

The Morphology of English Dialects by Lieselotte Anderwald
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Where do dialects differ from Standard English, and why are they so remarkably resilient? This study argues that commonly used verbs that deviate from Standard English for the most part have a long pedigree. Analysing the language use of over 120 dialect speakers, Lieselotte Anderwald demonstrates that not only are speakers justified historically in using these verbs, systematically these non-standard forms actually make more sense. By constituting a simpler system, they are generally more economical than their Standard English counterparts. Drawing on data collected from the Freiburg English Dialect Corpus (FRED), this innovative and engaging study will be of great interest to students and researchers of English language and linguistics, morphology and syntax.
Cambridge University Press; April 2009
241 pages; ISBN 9780511512742
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Title: The Morphology of English Dialects
Author: Lieselotte Anderwald