Publication details [#61686]

Biber, Douglas, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Jesse Egbert and Karlien Franco. 2016. Toward more accountability: Modeling ternary genitive variation in Late Modern English. Language Variation and Change 28 (1) : 1–29.
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Article in journal
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Language as a subject
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Cambridge University Press


The Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers (1650-2000) is used to trace variable genitive grammar's real time development, which shows a general shift to choose noun-noun (NN)-genitives over other variants (the s- and of-genitive) when basic noun phrases are short, owner elements lifeless, and possessum components thematic.