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Blogging around the world: Universal and localised patterns in Online Englishes
University of Glasgow, UK.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2018 (English)In: Applications of Pattern-driven Methods in Corpus Linguistics / [ed] Joanna Kopaczyk, Jukka Tyrkkö, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018, p. 277-310Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The borderless nature of blogging raises the question whether the traditional regionally defined varieties of English continue to hold true (see Crystal 2011). In order to investigate the extent to which the language published online without external intervention is similar around the world, this chapter investigates repetitive patterns, or 3-grams, found in blogs in the 583-million-word GloWbE corpus (Davies 2013). The data shows two types of repetitive word sequences: universal, or those that are frequent in all or most of the nineteen geographic locations represented in the corpus, and localised, or those unique to specific regions. We explore multiple ways of approaching the regional distribution of universal and localised 3-grams, such as statistical similarity measures (Jaccard coefficient and hierarchical clustering) and network visualisations. Three correlated research issues are addressed by this study: (1) the ratio of 3-grams in blogs from various World Englishes, which will shed light onto the degree of formulaicity in Web Englishes around the world; (2) the overlaps between various locations in terms of preferred sequences, which may point to local or global standardization hubs on the level of sentence and text construction; (3) finally, the status of model-providing varieties for internet communication, especially American English, in view of the most frequent 3-grams from other locations (cf. Mair 2013).

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. p. 277-310
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Studies in Corpus Linguistics, ISSN 1388-0373 ; 82
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corpus linguistics, methodology, Internet, computer-mediated communication
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Humanities, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71275DOI: 10.1075/scl.82.11kopISBN: 9789027200136 (print)ISBN: 9789027264565 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-71275DiVA, id: diva2:1187372
Available from: 2018-03-03 Created: 2018-03-03 Last updated: 2018-03-12Bibliographically approved

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