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ERIC Number: EJ583944
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1998
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ISSN: ISSN-0954-3945
The Development of the Progressive in 19th Century English: A Quantitative Survey.
Arnaud, Rene
Language Variation and Change, v10 n2 p123-52 1998
Expansion of the progressive (be+ing periphrastic form, where "be" is at the same time the copula and a statement of existence) was a major feature of modernization of the English verb system in the 19th century. A survey (1787-1880) of a collection of private letters, most from famous writers, reveals that linguistic factors played a small role in this development, while gender and intimacy correlated highly.(ER)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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