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Friday, October 11 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(H4) Chatten et al.: “I’ve always spoke(n) like this, you see”: Participle leveling in three corpora of English

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“I’ve always spoke(n) like this, you see”: Participle leveling in three corpora of English

Some English verbs use distinct forms for the preterite (1) and the past participle (2). These verbs may variably show paradigm leveling, where the preterite form is used in place of the participle (3).

(1) I broke the door. (2) I’ve broken the door. (3) I’ve broke the door.

We contribute the first detailed variationist study of participle leveling by investigating the phenomenon in three corpora: Switchboard, a corpus of 10-minute telephone conversations between American English speakers (Godfrey & Holliman 1997); the Philadelphia Neighborhood Corpus, a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews with Philadelphians (Labov & Rosenfelder 2011); and the Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English, a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews with residents of the North East of England (Corrigan et al. 2012). We find a striking degree of similarity between the three corpora in the constraints on variation. The general picture is of socially-evaluated variation affected by both syntactic and paradigmatic factors.

Speakers
AC

Alicia Chatten

New York University
JP

Jai Pena

New York University
KB

Kimberley Baxter

New York University
EM

Erwanne Mas

New York University
GT

Guy Tabachnick

New York University
DD

Daniel Duncan

Newcastle University
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Laurel MacKenzie

New York University


Friday October 11, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm
EMU Ballroom


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