Alexandra D'Arcy

List of John Benjamins publications for which Alexandra D'Arcy plays a role.


Book series


Subjects Discourse studies | English linguistics | Generative linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Pragmatics | Semantics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology | Syntax


British and Southern hemisphere varieties of English have been shifting towards have got for stative possession, but North American varieties favour have. At the same time, have is implicated in a critical transatlantic divide, requiring do-support and resisting contraction in North America.… read more
D'Arcy, Alexandra 2015 Stability, stasis and change: The longue durée of intensificationDiachronica 32:4, pp. 449–493 | Article
Intensification is prone to invention and renewal, rendering it ideal for delving into mechanisms of variation and change. Recycling (via lexical replacement) is a putative longitudinal constant, yet grammatical change (via grammaticalization) is regularly invoked in the literature. It is not clear… read more
D'Arcy, Alexandra 2012 Review of Walker (2010): Variation in Linguistic SystemsEnglish World-Wide 33:2, pp. 205–209 | Review
D'Arcy, Alexandra 2011 Review of Clarke (2010): Newfoundland and Labrador EnglishEnglish World-Wide 32:3, pp. 369–373 | Review
Tagliamonte, Sali A. and Alexandra D'Arcy 2007 The modals of obligation/necessity in Canadian perspectiveEnglish World-Wide 28:1, pp. 47–87 | Article
The modal verbs of English have been undergoing change since the Late Old English and Early Middle English periods. Recent research suggests dramatic recent developments, particularly in American English. In this paper, we focus on the encoding of obligation/necessity, which involves the layering… read more