Aaron Ecay

Examining stylistic influences on the evolution of do-support

This paper was presented at Diachronic Generative Syntax 16 in Budapest in July 2014. It presents a replication of Warner (2005)’s study of the influence of style, as measured by lexical statistics, on the conditioning of do-support. It also argues that the stylistic makeup of corpora can affect results, and thus should be carefully examined by linguists.