Accommodation, dialect contact and grammatical variation: Verbs of obligation in the Anglophone community in Japan

Britain, David; Hirano, Keiko (2016). Accommodation, dialect contact and grammatical variation: Verbs of obligation in the Anglophone community in Japan. In: Timofeeva, Olga; Gardner, Anne-Christine; Honkapohja, Alpo; Chevalier, Sarah (eds.) New approaches to English Linguistics: Building Bridges 177 (pp. 13-33). Amsterdam: Benjamins 10.1075/slcs.177.02hir

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The present study investigates dialect contact and linguistic accommodation in the use of verbs expressing obligation (such as MUST, HAVE GOT TO, HAVE TO and GOT TO) among native speakers of English resident in Japan, using a social network approach. Approximately 500 tokens were extracted from conversations between 39 native speakers of English from England, the US and New Zealand, recorded in single-nationality dyads, both immediately upon arrival in Japan and after a period of one year. Statistical analysis revealed that the informants from England actually diverged from the forms typically used by the Americans. The results, however, demonstrate the importance of social network strength in accounting for the consequences of dialect contact and short to medium-term linguistic accommodation.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures

UniBE Contributor:

Britain, David

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages

ISBN:

978-9027259424

Publisher:

Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Leona Josefine Irmgard Goop

Date Deposited:

22 Dec 2016 08:59

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2019 13:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1075/slcs.177.02hir

Uncontrolled Keywords:

linguistic accommodation, social network approach, dialect contact, verbs of obligation

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/90699

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