Linguistics: Corpus-based research on World Englishes
Corpus-based research on World Englishes
Prof. Peter Collins, University of New South Wales
This seminar surveys research on World Englishes using purpose-built corpora, including the International Corpus of English (ICE) and the Global Web-based Corpus of English (GloWbE). Amongst the most commonly invoked models of World Englishes are Braj Kachru’s ‘concentric circles’ model, and Edgar Schneider’s dynamic model of Postcolonial Englishes, which makes powerful predictions about the process by which ‘New Englishes’ pass through a uniform series of stages from the time of their foundation via structural nativisation and identity-formation to fully-fledged English varieties stabilised with their own norms. I will present the findings of a number of grammatical and lexical corpus-based studies – both synchronic and diachronic – on a range of World Englishes, and explore the implications of the findings with respect to the Kachru and Schneider models.
Honorary Professor Peter Collins taught Linguistics at UNSW from 1980 to 2014. He has published extensively on aspects of English grammar, corpus linguistics, Australian English, and World Englishes. He was one of the authors of the authoritative Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CUP 2002). Academic book publications include Modals and Quasi-Modals in English (Rodopi 2009) and Grammatical Change in English World-Wide (Benjamins 2015).
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