Article published in:Grammatical Change in English World-Wide
Edited by Peter Collins
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 67] 2015
► pp. 437–464
Recent quantitative changes in the use of modals and quasi-modals in the Hong Kong, British and American printed press
Exploring the potential of Factiva® for the diachronic investigation of World Englishes
This chapter uses Factiva® to examine recent evolution in the occurrence of verbal modal expressions in the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, in contrast with American and British newspapers. Previous research established that the frequency of the modals is decreasing in both British and American English generally, but increasing within the pages of TIME Magazine. The present research found that American newspaper data on the recent quantitative evolution of the modals parallel the TIME data to a degree, while British newspaper data correspond with data considered to be representative of BrE in its entirety. The quantitative evolutions of both the modals and the quasi-modals in the Hong Kong newspaper resemble the ones in the British newspapers. Keywords: modals and quasi-modals; constructional attrition; newspaper language; HKE; British and American English; Factiva®
Published online: 24 February 2015
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