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Variability in English across time and space

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    Synchronic variability in the area of phonetics, phonology, vocabulary, morphology and syntax is a natural feature of any language, including English. The existence of competing variants is in itself a fascinating phenomenon, but it is also a prerequisite for diachronic changes. This volume is a collection of studies which investigate variability from a contemporary and historical perspective, in both native and non-native varieties of English. The topics include Middle English spelling variation, lexical differences between Middle English dialects, Late Middle and Early Modern English forms of address, Middle English negation patterns, the English used by Polish immigrants living in London, lexical fixedness in native and non-native English used by Polish learners, and the phenomenon of phonetic imitation in Polish learners of English. The book should be of interest to anyone interested in English linguistics, especially English phonetics and phonology as well as history of English, historical dialectology and pragmatics.

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    Michał Adamczyk, Realisations of the word-initial variable (th) in selected late middle English northern legal documents 11

    Maciej Grabski, Multiple negation in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales as a marker of social status: a pilot study 43

    Aleksandra Matysiak, The effect of previous language experience and ‘proper’ L2 input on the aspiration of English voiceless stops by Polish adult immigrants to London 57

    Wojciech Rajtar, Formulaic language in native and learner English: a corpus-based study of silent pauses 77

    Paulina Rybińska, Mandeville’s Travels and the study of Middle English word geography: a corpus-based analysis of selected verbs 93

    Emilia Szczytko, Second-person pronouns and their relation with nominal forms of address in Late Middle English and Early Modern English personal letters 121

    Magdalena Zając, Variability in L2 English pronunciation examined through the prism of phonetic imitation 141

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