Studies in Canadian English: Lexical Variation in Toronto

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Oct 2, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 150 pages
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This publication focuses on vocabulary, which reflects unique Canadian traits; elements that share not only a Canadian origin but also reference to everyday contexts present on both the micro and macro stage. The conducted study aimed to show variation on the lexical level, which may result from a fluid sense of national identity. The Toronto region, due to its extensive multi-cultural and multi-ethnic background bears a sense of diversity both on the social and linguistic ground. The conducted study involved the distribution of questionnaires, which tested speakers’ knowledge of Canadian register, their ability of using them in the context of everyday discourse and the identification of items. Furthermore, the author had obtained two years worth of texts from the Toronto Sun, which enabled the observation of Canadianisms within the written medium of a media context. The resulting data formed a database labeled by the author as the LCTES (Lodz Corpus for Toronto English Study).

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
24
CHAPTER THREE
50
CHAPTER FOUR
70
CHAPTER FIVE
96
CONCLUSION
105
BIBLIOGRAPHY
114
INDEX
123
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Dr Adam Bednarek is currently affiliated at the Department of Pragmatics of the University of Łódź and the Lodz Academy of International Studies. His academic interests involve dialectology, sociolinguistics, political discourse and intercultural communication. He has published internationally on a series of issues including Canadian English, culture studies and political rhetoric.

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