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Author Leuckert, Sven, 1989- author.

Title Topicalization in Asian Englishes : forms, functions, and frequencies of a fronting construction / Sven Leuckert
Published London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2019


Description 1 online resource
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 (pages 198-215) and index
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Subject English language -- Asia
English language -- Study and teaching -- Asia
English language -- Foreign countries.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign countries
English language -- Topic and comment.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Phonetics & Phonics.
English language
English language -- Foreign countries
English language -- Study and teaching
English language -- Topic and comment
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020693065
ISBN 9781351000413