1st Edition

Corpus Approaches to Contemporary British Speech Sociolinguistic Studies of the Spoken BNC2014

Edited By Vaclav Brezina, Robbie Love, Karin Aijmer Copyright 2018
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Featuring contributions from an international team of leading and up-and-coming scholars, this innovative volume provides a comprehensive sociolinguistic picture of current spoken British English based on the Spoken BNC2014, a brand new corpus of British speech. The book begins with short introductions highlighting the state-of-the-art in three major areas of corpus-based sociolinguistics, while the remaining chapters feature rigorous analysis of the research outcomes of the project grounded in Spoken BNC2014 data samples, highlighting English used in everyday situations in the UK, with brief summaries reflecting on the sociolinguistic implications of this research included at the end of each chapter. This unique and robust dataset allows this team of researchers the unique opportunity to focus on speaker characteristics such as gender, age, dialect and socio-economic status, to examine a range of sociolinguistic dimensions, including grammar, pragmatics, and discourse, and to reflect on the major changes that have occurred in British society since the last corpus was compiled in the 1990s. This dynamic new contribution to the burgeoning field of corpus-based sociolinguistics is key reading for students and scholars in sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, grammar, and British English.

    Part I. Short Introductions to Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics and the BNC2014

    1. Corpus Linguistics and Sociolinguistics: Introducing the Spoken BNC2014

    2. Vaclav Brezina, Robbie Love and Karin Aijmer

    3. The Spoken BNC 2014: Corpus Linguistic Perspective

    4. Tony McEnery

    5. Current British English: Sociolinguistic Perspective

    6. Beatrix Busse

    7. Analysing the Spoken BNC2014 with CQPweb

    8. Andrew Hardie

      Part II. Discourse, Pragmatics and Interaction

    9. Politeness Variation in England: A North-South Divide?

    10. Jonathan Culpeper and Mathew Gillings

    11. ‘That’s Well Bad’. Some New Intensifiers in Spoken British English

    12. Karin Aijmer

    13. Canonical Tag Questions in Contemporary British English

    14. Karin Axelsson

    15. Yeah, yeah yeah, or yeah no that’s right: A Multifactorial Analysis of the Selection of Backchannel Structures in British English

    16. Deanna Wong and Haidee Kruger

      Part III. Morphosyntax

    17. Variation in the Productivity of Adjective Comparison in Present-Day English

    18. Tanja Säily, Victorina González-Díaz and Jukka Suomela

    19. The Dative Alternation Revisited: Fresh Insights from Contemporary Spoken Data

    20. Gard Jenset, Barbara McGillivray and Michael Rundell

    21. ‘You still talking to me?’ The Zero Auxiliary Progressive in Spoken British English, Twenty Years On.

    22. Andrew Caines, Michael McCarthy and Paula Buttery

    23. ‘You can just give those documents to myself’: Untriggered reflexive pronouns in 21st century spoken British English

    Laura L. Paterson


    Vaclav Brezina is Senior Research Associate at the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University. He also designed a number of different tools for corpus analysis such as BNC64, Lancaster vocabulary tool and Lancaster statistical tool. He is involved in the development of the Trinity Lancaster Corpus of spoken learner production and the Spoken BNC2014.

    Robbie Love is a PhD Research Student at the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University. He is heavily involved in the compilation of the Spoken BNC2014 and is responsible for a series of critical methodological investigations into the application of spoken corpora for sociolinguistic research.

    Karin Aijmer is Professor Emerita in English linguistics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her most recent publications include A Variational Pragmatic Analysis (2013), A Handbook of Corpus Pragmatics, with Christoph Rühlemann (2014) and Pragmatics: An Advanced Resource Book for Students, with Dawn Archer and Anne Wichmann (2012).