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The Variability of Current World Englishes by Charles F. Meyer, Eugene Green

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Charles F. Meyer

A diachronic study of pseudo-titles and related appositives in the press reportage of British and American newspapers

Charles F. Meyer, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125-3393, USA, e-mail: charles.meyer@umb.edu

Meyer (2002, 2004) focused on the use of pseudo-titles (Bell 1988) – constructions such as committee chairperson Sandra Smith – in samples of press reportage taken from the International Corpus of English (ICE). While pseudo-titles are found in almost all American newspapers, their usage is restricted to tabloids in British newspapers, with broadsheets preferring a full appositive, such as the committee chairperson, Sandra Smith. Meyer also ...

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