We report on longitudinal changes in the system of intensification in an innovative corpus that spans five decades of dialectal speech. Our analyses allow us — for the first time in a British context — to trace the quantitative development in the variable across four generations. Longitudinal analysis across real and apparent time determines the effect of extralinguistic and intralinguistic variables on intensification in Tyneside and tests to what extent real time data corroborates trends reported from previous apparent time analyses. Long-term competition within the variable manifests itself in distinctive developmental trajectories: expansion — both proportionally within the variable as well as across adjectival categories — tends to follow one of three types of patterns, exemplified, respectively, by really, so and dead. Variant retraction, however, follows only one schema. Importantly, numerical decline in the system does not necessarily go hand in hand with a reduction in breadth of application.
2017. Corpus‐Based Approaches to Dialect Study. In The Handbook of Dialectology, ► pp. 300 ff.
2021. Lifespan “Changes from Above” in the Standardization of Japanese Regional Dialects: Levels of Grammar, Lexical Properties and Community Characteristics. Language Variation and Change 33:3 ► pp. 297 ff.
Vaughn, Charlotte, Tyler Kendall & Kaylynn Gunter
2018. Probing the Social Meaning of English Adjective Intensifiers as a Class Lab Project. American Speech 93:2 ► pp. 298 ff.
2017. Totally new and pretty awesome : Amplifier–adjective bigrams in GloWbE. Lingua 200 ► pp. 63 ff.
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