A07
Pragmatic Functions and Effects of Register Variation and Switch: a Register approach to negation and polarity

Project A07 investigates three sets of related phenomena in varieties of English: negative concord, pleonastic negation, and register-sensitive use of negative polarity items. All of these phenomena involve clear alternations with links to social meanings, which make them a promising empirical domain for the CRC. The project will use a combination of theoretical, corpus, and experimental linguistic methods to investigate the grammatical and register-related factors in these alternations. The findings will make important contributions to the study of linguistic and register variants, and to an improved understanding of register and the relationship of register knowledge to grammatical knowledge.

Members

Project leader

Prof. Dr. Mingya Liu

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

mingya.liu@hu-berlin.de

Members

Stephanie Rotter

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

rotterst@hu-berlin.de

Student assistant

Małgorzata Mirella Kielak

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

kielakma@hu-berlin.de

Charlotte Sorg

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

sorgchar@hu-berlin.de

Cooperation Partner

Juliane Schwab

Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft
Universität Osnabrück

jschwab@uni-osnabrueck.de

Contact

Prof. Dr. Mingya Liu

Department of English and American Studies

(030) 2093-2277

mingya.liu@hu-berlin.de