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The lexicogrammar of present-day 
Indian English

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Abstract

The present paper puts into perspective four areas in which new local norms have emerged in the lexicogrammar of Indian English, the largest institutionalised second-language variety of English world-wide: (1) collocations, (2) new prepositional verbs, (3) new ditransitive verbs, and (4) verb-complementational patterns. At the descriptive level, it will be shown that corpus-based research provides new insights into quantitative and qualitative aspects of on-going structural nativisation at the lexis-grammar interface of Indian English. At the methodological level, it will be argued that in research into New Englishes well-balanced standard-size corpora can be fruitfully combined with very large collections of text obtained from the world-wide web, i.e. web-derived corpora.

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