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Title: A usage-based approach to substratum transfer: The case of four unproductive features in Singapore English
Authors: Bao, Z. 
Keywords: Exemplar theory
Frequency of use
New English
Stabilization
Substratum transfer
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Source: Bao, Z. (2010-12). A usage-based approach to substratum transfer: The case of four unproductive features in Singapore English. Language 86 (4) : 792-820. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This article discusses four grammatical constructions that have been appropriated from Chinese into Singapore English and spelled out with English morphosyntactic materials. These constructions have developed unique structural properties and usage patterns that differ in interesting ways from those of their respective Chinese sources and English exponents. While the structural properties of these constructions are shaped by the grammars of Chinese and English, the two languages with a constant presence in Singapore, the usage patterns are largely determined by the grammatical requirements associated with the English exponents. I argue that frequency of use in the contact language plays a crucial role in substratum-derived linguistic change, and propose a usage-based exemplar model of substratum transfer and stabilization that gives an adequate and cogent explanation of the facts discussed here.
Source Title: Language
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52401
ISSN: 00978507
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