Was/Were-variation in non-standard British English today
In this article, the past tense system of the verb to be in modern informal spoken British English is investigated. Variation is endemic, but an in-depth investigation across individual dialect areas shows that three generalization strategies can be distinguished. Of these, two lead to a straightforward simplification of the system (was-generalization and were-generalization respectively), whereas the dominant mixed type has remorphologized the Standard English (StE) number distinction and replaced it by a distinction according to polarity. A cognitive explanation is advanced for the pervasiveness of this at first glance rather complicated system.
Published online: 27 June 2001
Cited by 19 other publications
No author info given
Cheshire, Jenny & Sue Fox
Jankowski, Bridget L. & Sali A. Tagliamonte
Rupp, Laura & David Britain
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 23 july 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.