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Subordination in English

Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives

Ed. by Seoane, Elena / Acuña-Fariña, Carlos / Palacios-Martínez, Ignacio

Series:Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 101

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A sociolinguistic study of relativizers in spoken Philippines English

Suárez-Gómez, Cristina


The aim of the current paper is to analyze the distribution of relativizers in Philippines English (PhiE) found in the conversational component (S1A texts) of the International Corpus of English (ICE-PHI), in order to see: (i) if PhiE has also accommodated to the general distribution of who and that observed in other varieties of English; (ii) if PhiE shows peculiarities in relativization which have not been accounted for in other varieties, such as a higher relative frequency of subject relative clauses; and (iii) if PhiE shows innovative structures commonly found in L2 varieties (Suarez-Gomez 2017). Additionally, this study takes into consideration relativizer zero (e.g. I just like the way O she dresses up and you know her hairstyle) as well as unusual forms such as wherein (e.g. I think they have to adjust the conditions wherein they will apply the death penalty), which are not recorded in the ICE data of British English or other Asian varieties.

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Cristina Suárez-Gómez (2018). A sociolinguistic study of relativizers in spoken Philippines English. In Elena Seoane, Carlos Acuña-Fariña, Ignacio Palacios-Martínez (Eds.), Subordination in English: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives (pp. 285–308). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110583571-013

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110583571

Online ISBN: 9783110583571

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