The Lexis and Lexicogrammar of Sri Lankan English

Tobias Bernaisch | Justus Liebig University Giessen
ISBN 9789027249142 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268228 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This book offers the first in-depth corpus-based description of written Sri Lankan English. In comparison to British and Indian English, lexical and lexicogrammatical features of Sri Lankan English are analysed in a complex corpus environment comprising data from the respective components of the International Corpus of English, newspapers and online sources to explore the status of Sri Lankan English as a variety in its own right. The evolution of Sri Lankan English is depicted against the background of historical as well as sociolinguistic considerations and allows deriving a fine-grained model of the emergence of distinctive structural profiles of postcolonial Englishes developing in a multitude of norm orientations. This book is highly relevant to readers interested in Sri Lankan English and South Asian Englishes. It also offers more general sociolinguistic perspectives on the dynamics of postcolonial Englishes world-wide and on the inextricable link between language and identity.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G54] 2015.  xiv, 248 pp.
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“This first book-length study of acrolectal English in Sri Lanka taps into a wealth of electronic corpora and databases for an in-depth description of lexical and lexico-grammatical features of this semi-autonomous variety of English. It is a very welcome addition to the growing body of literature on (South) Asian Englishes and the discussions about norm developments, standardization and nativisation.”
“Sri Lankan English claims its place in the World Englishes arena: a thorough, richly corpus-based study of the evolution and distinctive properties of this hitherto underresearched variety, profiled in its South Asian context, with theoretically attractive insights into the emergence process of semiautonomous varieties.”
“This volume makes an excellent contribution to the study of Asian Englishes, from both a sociolinguistic and corpus linguistic perspective. The empirical research for this study is meticulously done, and is complemented by insightful and nuanced analysis, while the volume also serves as an excellent introduction to the sociolinguistics of English in contemporary Sri Lanka. It is highly recommended to all those interested in corpus linguistics, Asian Englishes and world Englishes.”
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2020. The Statistics of English across Asia. In The Handbook of Asian Englishes,  pp. 49 ff. DOI logo
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2023. Requests in Indian and Sri Lankan English. World Englishes 42:3  pp. 523 ff. DOI logo
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2016. Linguistic innovations in EFL and ESL. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research 2:2  pp. 131 ff. DOI logo
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2020. Sri Lankan English. In The Handbook of Asian Englishes,  pp. 337 ff. DOI logo
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2016. Introduction: Exploring the Diffusion and Diversification of English. In The English Language in Hong Kong,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Pragmatic nativisation of thanking in South Asian Englishes. World Englishes 41:2  pp. 136 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Intensifying and downtoning in South Asian Englishes. English World-Wide. A Journal of Varieties of English 43:1  pp. 33 ff. DOI logo
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2020. Finite and non‐finite complement clauses in postcolonial Englishes. World Englishes 39:3  pp. 411 ff. DOI logo
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2016. Exploring epicentres empirically. English World-Wide. A Journal of Varieties of English 37:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
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2020. The Role of Gender in Postcolonial Syntactic Choice-Making. In Gender in World Englishes,  pp. 121 ff. DOI logo
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2017. Empirical perspectives on two potential epicenters: The genitive alternation in Asian Englishes. ICAME Journal 41:1  pp. 111 ff. DOI logo
Horch, Stephanie
2016. Innovative conversions in South-East Asian Englishes. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research 2:2  pp. 278 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Backchannels and the pragmatics of South Asian Englishes. World Englishes 41:2  pp. 224 ff. DOI logo
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2019. English in South Asia. In The Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes,  pp. 236 ff. DOI logo
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2024. Indian Englishes in the Twenty-First Century, DOI logo
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2022. Post‐protectorate Uganda and current models of influence across Englishes. World Englishes 41:3  pp. 429 ff. DOI logo
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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