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Friday, October 11 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
*Withdrawn* (H5) Dollinger: Colloquialization, early mass literacy and an Emigrant Letter Corpus: the rise of 1st person will in 1830s Canada

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Colloquialization, early mass literacy and an Emigrant Letter Corpus: the rise of 1st person will in 1830s Canada

This paper examines the social roles of first person modal auxiliary use in early North American/Canadian English. The independent variables of function/meaning, clause type, type of lexical verb, together with socially-inspired categories, such as “level of intimacy” between sender and receiver, are tested in logistic regressions. The data show that 1st person shall was, with 60.7%, much more frequent than in the CORIECOR data from Irish emigrants from the same decade (44.5%). Subordinate clauses act as a “last foothold” for 1stp shall. It is argued that the significantly higher use of 1stp shall represents a conservative writing style, confirming earlier work (Dollinger 2008: 236). It is suggested that the linguistic conservatism in the PEEC data is owed to the longer transatlantic passages, while colloquialization and mass schooling (often confounded as “drift’), rather than dialect contact, seem responsible for the spread of 1stp will.

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Stefan Dollinger

The University of British Columbia


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