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Title: The Diachrony of Quotation: Evidence from New Zealand English
Author: Alexandra D'Arcy
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Homepage: http://www.uvic.ca/humanities/linguistics/people/faculty/darcyalexandra.php
Institution: University of Victoria
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Much recent work on English direct quotation assumes that the system is undergoing rapid and large-scale change via the emergence of “innovative” forms such as be like. This view is supported by synchronic evidence, but the dearth of diachronic evidence forces reconsideration of this assumption. Drawing on data representing the full history of New Zealand English, this paper presents a variationist analysis of the quotative system, providing a continuous link between present-day quotation and that of the late 19th century. It reveals a longitudinal and multifaceted trajectory of change, resulting in a highly constrained variable grammar in which language-internal contextual factors have evolved and specialized, the effects of which reverberate throughout the sector.

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