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Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English

Raffaella Zanuttini and Laurence Horn


By comparing linguistic varieties that are quite similar overall, linguists can often determine where and how grammatical systems differ, and how they change over time. The goal of this work is to provide a systematic look at minimal differences in the syntax of varieties of English spoken in North America. This book makes available a range of data on unfamiliar constructions drawn from several regional and social dialects, data whose distribution and grammatical properties shed light on the varieties under examination and on the properties of English syntax more generally. The contributions c ... More

Keywords: varieties of English, personal dative, multiple modals, drama so, negative auxiliary inversion, so don’t I, parametric variation, long-distance reflexives, transitive expletives, needs washed

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199367221
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raffaella Zanuttini, editor
Yale University

Laurence Horn, editor
Yale University

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Chapter 1 North American English

Raffaella ZanuttiniYale University

Chapter 4 Force, Focus, and Negation in African American English1

Lisa Green University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chapter 5 Transitive Expletives in Appalachian English

Raffaella Zanuttini and Judy B. Bernstein Yale University and William Paterson University

Chapter 6 The Syntax and Semantics of Personal Datives in Appalachian English

Corinne Hutchinson and Grant ArmstrongGeorgetown University and University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chapter 7 Iron Range English Reflexive Pronouns

Sara S. LossOklahoma State University

Chapter 8 This Syntax Needs Studied

Elspeth Edelstein University of Aberdeen

Chapter 9 We might should be thinking this way

J. Daniel Hasty Coastal Carolina University

Chapter 10 Addressing the Problem of Intra-speaker Variation for Parametric Theory

Christina Tortora City University of New York (College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center)