The mandative subjunctive in spoken English

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Abstract

Twentieth century corpus-based research on regional variation of the mandative subjunctive has shown it to be standard usage in American English but limited in British English. This research reviews the use of the mandative in spoken data from six ICE-corpora, to show marked regional differences among both settler and indigenized varieties of English. While its currency in spoken data from New Zealand is relatively low, it is on a par with written usage in Australian English, as well as Singaporean and Philippine English. However spoken instances of the mandative are typically found in public and institutional dialogue/monologue, rather than private conversation, so that it cannot be said to have become vernacularized.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative studies in Australian and New Zealand English
Subtitle of host publicationgrammar and beyond
EditorsPam Peters, Peter Collins, Adam Smith
Place of PublicationAmsterdam; Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Pages125-137
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789027289407
ISBN (Print)9789027248992
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameVarieties of English Around the World
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
VolumeG39
ISSN (Print)0172-7362

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Peters, P. (2009). The mandative subjunctive in spoken English. In P. Peters, P. Collins, & A. Smith (Eds.), Comparative studies in Australian and New Zealand English: grammar and beyond (pp. 125-137). (Varieties of English Around the World; Vol. G39). Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1075/veaw.g39.08pet
Peters, Pam. / The mandative subjunctive in spoken English. Comparative studies in Australian and New Zealand English: grammar and beyond. editor / Pam Peters ; Peter Collins ; Adam Smith. Amsterdam; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing, 2009. pp. 125-137 (Varieties of English Around the World).
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Peters, P 2009, The mandative subjunctive in spoken English. in P Peters, P Collins & A Smith (eds), Comparative studies in Australian and New Zealand English: grammar and beyond. Varieties of English Around the World, vol. G39, John Benjamins Publishing, Amsterdam; Philadelphia, pp. 125-137. https://doi.org/10.1075/veaw.g39.08pet

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Comparative studies in Australian and New Zealand English: grammar and beyond. ed. / Pam Peters; Peter Collins; Adam Smith. Amsterdam; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing, 2009. p. 125-137 (Varieties of English Around the World; Vol. G39).

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Peters P. The mandative subjunctive in spoken English. In Peters P, Collins P, Smith A, editors, Comparative studies in Australian and New Zealand English: grammar and beyond. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing. 2009. p. 125-137. (Varieties of English Around the World). https://doi.org/10.1075/veaw.g39.08pet