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Investigating British and American English: Dictionary research and corpus investigation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
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2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this Magister Degree Project has been to investigate if can corpora be used to investigate patterns of lexical distribution and/or borrowing from one variety to another. Another aim has been to investigate how well classification of lexical items as either “British” or “American” supported by evidence from corpora of English.

In order to accomplish these aims sets of lexical items have been examined in two ways: first through dictionary research and “dictionary dating”, and second through the use of such English corpora as the British National Corpus (BNC), the United Kingdom Web Archiving Consortium (ukWaC), and the TIME Corpus of American English. The results of this research suggest that the simplistic labelling of certain items as “American” versus “British” is sometimes misleading, and that corpus investigations on their own, though useful, may not be entirely sufficient in this context.

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2009. , 52 p.
Keyword [en]
Americanism, Briticism, dictionary dating, corpus investigation, corpus evidence, lexical borrowing, lexical classification, lexical items, etymology, word formation.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8701OAI: diva2:175218
2009-01-13, 00:00 (English)
Available from: 2009-03-19 Created: 2004-01-01 Last updated: 2009-03-19Bibliographically approved

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