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date: 14 December 2019

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Research on the world’s Englishes presents rich data with which to test syntactic and semantic theories. This chapter discusses selected data from World Englishes that show a range of variation and quantitative patterns, and outlines three theoretical approaches to data of this type. The discussion highlights the benefits of theory-driven descriptions and theory-based studies of the syntax and semantics of World Englishes for developing unified explanations of linguistic phenomena.

Keywords: aspect, Buckie English, Minimalist Program, nominal semantics, Optimality Theory, semantics, Singapore English, substrate languages, syntax, typology

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