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The dynamics of inner and outer circle varieties in the South Pacific and East Asia

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Southern Hemisphere varieties such as Australian English (AusE) and New Zealand English (NZE) have fairly recently been codified as separate national standard varieties of English. This development may be of some importance for the dynamics of English varieties in the South Pacific and East-Asian region. With increased political, economic and personal contact between Australians and New Zealanders on the one hand and second-language speakers of English in countries such as the Philippines, Singapore or Fiji on the other hand, the latter may start modelling their speech on AusE and NZE rather than on the formerly more prestigious varieties of American and British English. To test this hypothesis, the world wide web was used as a source to compile the SPEA-Corpus ...a collection of articles from on-line newspapers which were chosen to represent the different inner and outer circle varieties in question. The paper describes the compilation of SPEAC and presents the results of a case study ...variation between the present perfect and the past tense. It discusses the results as a first step to modelling the dynamics of inner and outer circle varieties in the South Pacific and East Asia and the suitability of on-line newspapers on the world wide web as a source for corpus compilation.



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