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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter discusses angloversals (i.e., similar nonstandard features) across L1 and L2 varieties and learner English with a special focus on embedded inversion (EI), with the aim of bringing together research into World Englishes and learner English. The chapter examines whether EI is similar in L1, L2, and learner Englishes and, hence, indicative of a development that is taking place in Englishes throughout the world. The use of EI is analysed in terms of the emerging commonalities as well as variety-specific or L1-specific uses. The findings show that EI may be found in different types of Englishes, but apparent similarities also conceal patterns of contact-induced variation. This is interpreted as evidence for the interplay between universal tendencies and transfer effects.

Keywords: angloversals, embedded inversion, World Englishes, learner English, universals, transfer

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