Wiewpoint -wise : The spread and development of a new type of adverb in American and British English

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Wiewpoint -wise : The spread and development of a new type of adverb in American and British English
Author(s) Lindquist, Hans
Date 2007
English abstract
In the second half of the twentieth century, a new type of adverb, viewpoint adverbs formed with the suffix -wise, appeared in English. This article traces the diffusion and development of viewpoint -wise adverbs using American and British newspaper corpora, the spoken component of the British National Corpus, and the Longman Spoken American Corpus. It is shown that the adverbs are at least twice as frequent in the spoken corpora as in the written, that they are increasing in both American and British English, and that the originally American adverb type is now more frequent in British English. Its spread seems to be motivated by both functional and social factors. In newspapers, a high proportion occurs in represented speech, and the major domains are sports, art and entertainment, and “living.” It has extended its range of bases from nouns to noun phrases and, to some extent, generalized to adjectives and adverbs.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0075424207300619 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Journal of English Linguistics;2
Volume 35
ISSN 0075-4242
Pages 132-156
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) word formation
adverbial
-wise
corpus linguistics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Languages and linguistics::Other Germanic languages::English language
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10907 (link to this page)

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