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
Vaclav Brezina, Robbie Love and Karin Aijmer
Part II. Discourse, Pragmatics and Interaction
Jonathan Culpeper and Mathew Gillings
Deanna Wong and Haidee Kruger
Part III. Morphosyntax
Tanja Säily, Victorina González-Díaz and Jukka Suomela
Gard Jenset, Barbara McGillivray and Michael Rundell
Andrew Caines, Michael McCarthy and Paula Buttery
Laura L. Paterson
Corpus based linguistics is a dynamic area of linguistic research. The series aims to reflect the diversity of approaches to the subject, and thus to provides a forum for debate and detailed discussion of the various ways of building, exploiting and theorizing about the use of corpora in language studies.