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The Handbook of English Linguistics

Bas Aarts (Editor), April McMahon (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7840-2
824 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of English Linguistics is a collection of articles written by leading specialists on all core areas of English linguistics that provides a state-of-the-art account of research in the field.
  • Brings together articles from the core areas of English linguistics, including syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, as well as variation, discourse, stylistics and usage
  • Written by specialists from around the world
  • Provides an introduction to a key area of English Linguistics and includes a discussion of the most recent theoretical and descriptive research, as well as extensive bibliographic references
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Notes on Contributors.

1. Introduction (Bas Aarts, University College London and April McMahon, University of Edinburgh).


Part I: Methodology.

2. Description and Theory (Kresti Borjars, University of Manchester).

3. English Corpus Linguistics (Tony McEnergy, Lancaster University and Costas Gabrielatos, Lancaster University).

4. English Grammar Writing (Andrew Linn, University of Sheffield).

5. Data Collection (Charles F. Meyer, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Gerald Nelson, University College London).


Part II: Syntax.

6. English World Classes and Phrases (Bas Aarts, University College London and Liliane Haegeman, University of Lille III).

7. Verbs and Their Satellites (David Allerton, University of Basle, Switzerland).

8. Clause Types (Peter Collins, University of New South Wales).

9. Coordination and Subordination (Rodney Huddleston, University of Queensland and Geoffrey K. Pullum, University of California, Santa Cruz).

10. Tense in English (Laura A. Michaelis, University of Colorado, Boulder).

11. Aspect and Aspectuality (Robert I. Binnick, University of Toronto).

12. Mood and Modality in English (Ilse Depraetere, University of Lille III and Susan Reed, Katholieke Univeriteit Leuven).

13. Information Structure (Betty J. Birner, Northern Illinois University and Gregory Ward, Northwestern University).

14. Current Changes in English Syntax (Christian Mair, University of Freiburg and Geoffrey Leech, Lancaster University).

15. English Constructions (Adele E. Goldberg, Princeton University and Devin Casenhiser, Princeton University).


Part III: Phonetics and Phonology.

16. English Phonetics (Michael K.C. MacMahon, University of Glasgow).

17. English Phonology and Morphology (Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and April McMahon, University of Edinburgh).

18. Prosodic Phonology (Michael Hammond, University of Arizona).

19. Intonation (Francis Nolan, University of Cambridge).


Part IV: Lexis and Morphology.

20. English Words (Donka Imnkova, UCLA and Robert Stockwell, UCLA).

21. Compounds and Minor Word-formation Types (Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington).

22. English Inflection and Derivation (James P. Blevins , University of Cambridge).

23. Productivity (Ingo Plag, University of Siegen, Germany).

24. Lexical Semantics (Kate Kearns, Canterbury University).

25. Lexicography (Julie Coleman, University of Leicester).


Part V: Variation, Discourse, Stylistics, and Usage.

26. Syntactic Variation in English: A Global Perspective (Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg, Germany).

27. Phonological Variation: A Global Perspective (Paul Foulkes, University of York).

28. Spoken and Written English (Jim Miller, University of Auckland).

29. The Grammar of Conversation (Paulo Quaglio, University of Central Florida and Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University).

30. Gender and the English Language (Deborah Cameron, Oxford University).

31. Language and Literature: Stylistics (Peter Stockwell, University of Nottingham).

32. English Usage: Prescription and Description (Pam Peters, Macquarie University).


Subject and Key Name Index

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Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His publications include Small Clauses in English: The Nonverbal Types (1992), The Verb in Contemporary English (edited with Charles F. Meyer, 1995), English Syntax and Argumentation (1997/2001), Investigating Natural Language: Working with the British Component of the International Corpus of English (with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis, 2002), and Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader (edited with David Denison, Evelien Keizer, and Gergana Popova, 2004). With David Denison and Richard Hogg, he edits the journal English Language and Linguistics.

April McMahon is Forbes Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh. Her publications include Understanding Language Change (1994), Lexical Phonology and the History of English (2000), Change, Chance, and Optimality (2000), An Introduction to English Phonology (2002), and Language Classification by Numbers (with Robert McMahon, 2005).

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  • Brings together articles from the core areas of English linguistics, including syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, as well as variation, discourse, stylistics and usage
  • Written by specialists from around the world
  • Provides an introduction to a key area of English Linguistics and includes a discussion of the most recent theoretical and descriptive research, as well as extensive bibliographic references
  • Provides a state-of-the-art account of English Linguistics and is a valuable resource for both students and researchers
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"This insight-giving and often thought-provoking handbook was compiled with an eye to representing research on English linguistics that is currently productive and of wider theoretical significance .. .[The book] is a major step in bringing together many recent advances in theoretical linguistics with empirical evidence from the structures of one language." (Language, December 2008)

"The Handbook of English Linguistics maintains the reputation of the series of Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics. It is not likely to be superseded as the standard reference work on English linguistics in the theoretical sense for some time to come." (World Englishes, August/November 2008)

"I am constantly on the lookout for texts which give self-contained introductions to sub-areas of the subject and discuss interesting questions within those areas, and can be approached by students for whom linguistics is only a small part of their curriculum, with the consequence that they are not able to read much in the way of primary research. Most of the chapters in the book fulfil these requirements ... .The book is a success." (Linguist, February 2007)

"An invaluable contribution to English Linguistics. The international cast of authors is impressive—most of them familiar names with stellar reputations ... .This handbook will be an indispensable resource for any program dealing with English linguistics. It consists of an impressive collection of articles." (Journal of English Lingustics, June 2007)

"[This] volume does a good job of balancing the 'new and exciting' with the 'well accepted' solutions to various questions being researched … .All of the articles are well written and try and present a non-theory-specific point of view." (Linguist, January 2008)

"[The book] introduces readers to various topics of English linguistics accessible to both scholars and advanced students." (L'Analisi Linguistica e Letteraria, 2007)

"The handbook is cohesive in its consistent depth of attention to variation, description, and history ... a comprehensive picture of today's English ... Recommended. Upper division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." (CHOICE)

"This addition to the admirable series of Blackwell Handbooks contains thirty-one articles of about twenty to twenty-five pages by a distinguished set of contributors … [It] functions as a showcase for English linguistics, and as a map of the territory." (Linguistics)

"Just what the English Language needs at the start of the twenty-first century: an authoritative guide to the literature, balancing solid scholarship with openness, clarity, wisdom, and breadth – pronunciation, education, linguistic theory, and much else. Highly recommended!" (Richard Hudson, University College London)

"Bas Aarts and April McMahon have assembled a star-studded cast of linguistic experts who have produced a state-of-the art compendium on all the major aspects of the modern English Language."
Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg

"Both as editors and as authors, Professor Aarts and Professor McMahon have achieved something quite remarkable with this splendid Handbook. They have divided the complex field of English linguistics into the thirty or so areas of greatest present interest, and from a truly international cast have selected the most expert scholars in the world to tackle them."
Randolph Quirk, Professor The Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury, FBA

“A very good resource on major areas of English linguistics, among them phonetics and phonology, syntax, corpus linguistics and data collection, morphology, variation, and discourse.”
–Elly Van Gelderen, Arizona State University

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