Publication
Title
Recent quantitative changes in the use of modals and quasi-modals in the Hong Kong, British and American printed press : exploring the potential of Factiva@ for the diachronic investigation of World Englishes
Author
Abstract
This chapter uses Factiva® to examine recent evolution in the occurrence of verbal modal expressions in the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, in contrast with American and British newspapers. Previous research established that the frequency of the modals is decreasing in both British and American English generally, but increasing within the pages of TIME Magazine. The present research found that American newspaper data on the recent quantitative evolution of the modals parallel the TIME data to a degree, while British newspaper data correspond with data considered to be representative of BrE in its entirety. The quantitative evolutions of both the modals and the quasi-modals in the Hong Kong newspaper resemble the ones in the British newspapers. Keywords: modals and quasi-modals; constructional attrition; newspaper language; HKE; British and American English; Factiva®
Language
English
Source (book)
Grammatical change in English world-wide / Collins, Peter [edit.]
Publication
Amsterdam : Benjamins, 2015
ISBN
9789027203755
Volume/pages
p. 437-464
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 13.03.2015
Last edited 20.06.2017
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