Belfast English and Standard English: Dialect Variation and Parameter Setting

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - History - 148 pages
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The study of comparative syntax in closely related languages has yielded valuable insights into syntactic phenomena--for example in the study of the Romance languages--yet little comparative work has been done on English dialects. This is the first comparison of the syntax of Belfast English and Standard English, using Chomsky's "Principles and Parameters"/Minimalist framework. Alison Henry analyzes various Belfast English constructions and their Standard English counterparts to gain insight into both English syntax and syntactic theory in general. In the process, she makes valuable data on Belfast English readily available for the first time.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
SubjectVerb Agreement
16
OvertSubject Imperatives
45
ForTo Infinitives
81
Inversion in Embedded Questions
105
Subject Contact Relatives
124
Conclusion
136
References
142
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Alison Henry was born and reared in Belfast, and after studying Linguistics at York University in England, returned there to lecture in Linguistics at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

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