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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Chapter 3 - Whatever Happened to Whatever?

from Part I - Approaches to Grammatical Categories and Categorial Change

Summary

The research presented below focuses on aspects of the contemporary forms and uses of whatever in Present-day English, along with some discussion of recent diachronic variation which has given rise to these contemporary forms and uses. The research is partly quantitative and partly qualitative in nature; the quantification of variants is an attempt to complement the work of Brinton (2017), whose research on whatever is primarily qualitative, and we extend her qualitative analysis by considering additional data from a web corpus.

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