The use of the progressive in Ugandan English

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This study explores the use of the progressive in spoken Ugandan English.Like in many other second language varieties of English, the progressive isused with a high frequency, predominantly in the present or past tense active.Detailed analyses show that the most frequent uses of the progressive inUgandan English are reference to non-delimited habitual activities, expressionof an interpretative semantics and reference to activities in progress. The first,extended, use occurs considerably more often with speakers who have Lugandaas their first language than with speakers of Acholi-Lango and Runyankole-Rukiga. The results indicate considerable substrate influence, suggesting, aboveall, that Uganda is home to various Englishes.


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