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Author Leuckert, Sven, 1989- author

Title Topicalization in Asian Englishes : forms, functions and frequencies of a fronting construction / by Sven Leuckert
Published London : Routledge, 2019
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Series Routledge studies in world Englishes
Routledge studies in world Englishes.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Approaching topicalization -- 3. Topic-prominence in Asian contact languages -- 4. Development and variety status of four Asian englishes -- 5. Corpus analysis: Data basis and methodology -- 6. Forms, functions, and frequencies of topicalization -- 7. Explaining topicalization frequencies -- 8. Conclusion and outlook
Summary This monograph is the first comprehensive study of topicalization in Asian second-language varieties of English and provides an in-depth analysis of the forms, functions, and frequencies of topicalization in four Asian Englishes. Topicalization, that is, the sentence-initial placement of constituents other than the subject, has been found to occur frequently in the English spoken by many Asians, but so far the possible reasons for this have never been scrutinized. This book closes this research gap by taking into account the structures of the major contact languages, the roles of second-language acquisition and politeness as well as other factors in order to explain why topicalization is highly frequent in some varieties such as Indian English and much less frequent in other varieties such as Hong Kong English. In addition to exploring major and minor forces involved in explaining the frequency of topicalization, the forms and functions of the feature are assessed. Central questions addressed in this regard are the following: Which syntactic constituents tend to be topicalized the most and the least frequently? Which discourse effects does topicalization achieve? How can we approach topicalization methodologically? And, lastly, which influence do language processing and production have on topicalization?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Sven Leuckert is a lecturer in the Institute of English and American Studies at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed January 14, 2019)
Subject English language -- Study and teaching -- Asia.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign countries.
English language -- Topic and comment.
English language -- Asia.
English language -- Foreign countries.
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