The Britain: An unexpected case of article usage in present-day English

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The name Great Britain or Britain occasionally occurs in the form the Britain. This paper discusses various parallel forms and their relation to the Britain, thereby attempting to explain its occurrence. There turns out to be a great deal of variation with regard to article usage among names of countries, some of which may, just possibly, have influenced the use of the article with Britain. An important element in this context, finally, is the articled and near-synonymous the UK.

From the COLT’s mouth ... and others'

Language Corpora Studies. In honour of Anna-Brita Stenström

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