A couple (of) changes in the ‘Brown family’: British and US English compared

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This investigation uses the ‘Brown family’ corpora to investigate changes
in US and British English involving the noun couple, which has developed
a quantifier meaning similar to ‘few’. The four corpora were developed
in order to compare British and US English from the 1960s with data 30
years on, from the 1990s. The main finding is that US English leads the
change. Although the corpora give some useful indicators for comparison
purposes, couple is a low frequency item, and does not occur often enough
for quantitative comparisons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sign of the V: Papers in Honour of Sten Vikner
EditorsKen Ramshøj Christensen, Henrik Jørgensen, Johanna L. Wood
Number of pages29
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus Universitetsforlag
Publication yearDec 2019
Pages759-787
ISBN (print)978-87-91134-05-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7507-461-7
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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