Be going to and have to: a corpus study of Sri Lankan English usage in comparison to British and American English

Herat, Manel (2015) Be going to and have to: a corpus study of Sri Lankan English usage in comparison to British and American English. In: Englishes Today Multiple Varieties, Multiple Perspectives. Cambridge Scholar Publishing, London, pp. 103-126. ISBN 978-1-4438-8386-3

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the use of the ‘quasi-modals’ be going to and have to in Sri Lankan English, a variety of English that is originally based on British English. Comparisons are made to two reference varieties: British English, as the superstrate, and American English, a variety to which Sri Lankan English (SLE) is currently widely exposed. The investigation will compare the use of these forms with the corresponding modals will and must in written SLE in order to determine which forms are most common. The data will then be compared with data from BNC and COCA.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: modal verbs, Sri Lankan English, British English, American English, traditional modals vs newer modals
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > English
Depositing User: Manel Herat
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 12:44
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 12:44
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1463

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