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8 - ELF and Language Change at the Individual Level

from Part II - Zooming in on ELF

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 December 2020

Anna Mauranen
University of Helsinki
Svetlana Vetchinnikova
University of Helsinki
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In this chapter we attempt to separate the communal and the individual levels of language representation and explore how linguistic regularities emerge at each of them. We sample one communal and ten individual corpora of language use from the same ELF environment and examine to what extent syntactic structure, priming and chunking influence linguistic choice in each corpus by looking at the variation between contracted and full forms (it is/it’s). We find clear differences in how these three factors work across the corpora and attempt to interpret them in relation to the properties of individual languages, language change and the role of ELF.

Language Change
The Impact of English as a Lingua Franca
, pp. 205 - 233
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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