The Present Perfect and the Preterite in Late Modern and Contemporary English

A corpus-based study of grammatical change

ORCID logoXinyue Yao | Renmin University of China
ISBN 9789027214430 | EUR 110.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027248602 | EUR 110.00 | USD 143.00
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This book examines developments in the use of the present perfect and the preterite in Late Modern and contemporary English, with a focus on American and British English. Drawing on neo-Gricean pragmatics, it proposes a novel and principled analysis of the verb forms’ context-independent meanings and context-dependent inferences. State-of-the-art corpus linguistic methods are used to track their functional changes over two and a half centuries. The book presents new evidence of grammatical change and offers a compelling, contact-based account of regional variation. It brings together the insights of various fields, including formal semantics, historical linguistics, linguistic typology, and variationist sociolinguistics.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 114]  Expected March 2024.  xvii, 235 pp.
Publishing status: Printing
Table of Contents

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN016000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2023045209