New departures

Faculty/Professorship: English and Historical Linguistics  
Author(s): Rohdenburg, Günter; Schlüter, Julia  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2023
Pages: 364-423
Source/Other editions: One language, two grammars? : differences between British and American English / Rohdenburg, Günter, Schlüter, Julia (Hg.). - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009, S. 364-423. - ISBN: 9780521872195
is version of: 10.1017/CBO9780511551970.020
Year of first publication: 2009
Language(s): English
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-593159
Rather than a conclusion summing up the findings from the present volume, this final chapter forms an outlook that is intended to foster a continuation of the work begun by the contributors. The authors of this chapter and editors of this volume do not pretend that the differences between BrE and AmE grammar studied in the preceding chapters can be adequately summarized in a few pages or that a few concluding remarks can do justice to the multiplicity of findings discussed (for some suggestions, see the general Introduction). The array of contrasts from the most diverse areas of grammar forbid us to even venture the attempt. Too many of the traditional generalizations about British–American contrasts have been confronted with counter-evidence, yielding a highly differentiated picture.
What becomes more than clear in view of the data gathered in this volume is that, contrary to general opinion, BrE and AmE do not differ only in their pronunciation and lexicon, but also in central domains of their grammar. Thus, the most important lesson to be drawn from the preceding studies is the one expressed by Gunnel Tottie in Chapter 18: ‘the more delicate our analysis, the more differences we will find’.
In line with this conclusion, the present chapter suggests numerous avenues for further research on British–American contrasts. It contains almost four dozen pilot studies, roughly grouped into five grammatical categories.
GND Keywords: Englisch; Amerikanisches Englisch; Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
Keywords: grammar
DDC Classification: 420 English  
RVK Classification: HF 183   
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
Release Date: 11. May 2023

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