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In: Current Trends in Diachronic Semantics and Pragmatics
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This paper aims to illustrate the potential of (spoken) sociolinguistic corpora for research studies in both synchronic and diachronic variation, with reference to French, and to suggest ways in which useful research corpora may be established for future generations of scholars. Spoken corpora and corpus tools are an excellent heuristic in charting distributional frequencies or probabilistic factors. Andersen (2000) suggests that the upsurge of innit and like in the COLT Corpus of adolescent English may be more than age-grading. The present paper will present broad-brush preliminary evidence with respect to the evolution of selected pragmatic particles in French.

In: Corpus linguistics around the world
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This paper aims to illustrate the potential of (spoken) sociolinguistic corpora for research studies in both synchronic and diachronic variation, with reference to French, and to suggest ways in which useful research corpora may be established for future generations of scholars. Spoken corpora and corpus tools are an excellent heuristic in charting distributional frequencies or probabilistic factors. Andersen (2000) suggests that the upsurge of innit and like in the COLT Corpus of adolescent English may be more than age-grading. The present paper will present broad-brush preliminary evidence with respect to the evolution of selected pragmatic particles in French.

In: Corpus linguistics around the world
Crosslinguistic Investigations of Language Use and Language Change
A basic property of human language is that it unfolds in time; the left and right margin of discourse units do not behave in a symmetrical fashion. The working hypothesis of this volume is that discourse elements at the left periphery have mainly subjective and discourse-structuring functions, whereas at the right periphery, such elements play an intersubjective or modalising role. However, the picture that emerges from the different contributions to this volume is far more complex. While it seems clear that the working hypothesis cannot be upheld in a “strong” way, most of the chapters – especially those based on corpus data – show that an asymmetry between left and right periphery does exist and that it is a matter of frequency.
In: Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery
In: Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery
In: Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery
In: Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery
In: Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery