Data and resources

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in press

The social embedding of a syntactic alternation: Variable particle placement in Ontario English

This study grew out of a collaboration with Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto) and started in 2016 with a 5-month research stay where I collected the data from the Ontario Dialects Project. Sentences with alternating particle placement (pick up the book vs. pick the book up) were sampled from six communities including Toronto, Kirkland Lake, Thunderbay, North Bay, Timmins and Teminskaming Shores. The project was then finished in 2019 with another 1-month research stay in Toronto.

Exploring variation in World Englishes

This study reanalyses the complete dative dataset (Röthlisberger 2018) with a focus on subsets of the data. The main argument that this study makes is that we should not rely on generalizations on, e.g. the dative alternation, from studies that only make use of subsets of the data. Typical for researchers that focus on the dative alternation is their restricted focus on dative constructions with the prototypical verb give.

Between context and community: Regional variation in register effects in the English dative alternation

This study focuses on register effects in the English dative alternation and reanalyses the dative dataset in order to explore the interaction between register (context) and region (community).

Predicting voice alternation across academic Englishes

For this publication, I helped with the statistical analysis and the writing of the methodology section and other parts of the manuscript. For this reason, the data cannot be made available here.


Social constraints on syntactic variation: The role of gender in Jamaican English ditransitive constructions

This study uses the same dative dataset as the PhD but focuses on the spoken component of ICE-Jamaica (N=615). The dataset was additionally enriched with social information on speakers. This information was kindly made available by Martin Schweinberger (see

Probabilistic indigenization effects at the lexis-syntax interface

This research grew out of a collaboration with Ivan Tamaredo with the project team and adds another syntactic alternation to the investigation.

Individual- vs. community-level variation: new evidence from variable (t,d) in Canadian English

This research grew out of collaboration with Katharina Pabst, Lex Konnelly and Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto). Due to privacy reason, the data cannot be made available.


Regional variation in probabilistic grammars (PhD)

The dative dataset comprises data sampled from both ICE and GloWbE from nine national varieties of English (CanE, BrE, HKE, IndE, IrE, JamE, NZE, PhiE, SinE). The dataset is published under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license and can be downloaded from zenodo:

Please cite the dataset as: Röthlisberger, Melanie. 2018. The dative dataset of World Englishes. KU Leuven.


Cognitive indigenization effects in the English dative alternation

This publication used the same dataset as the PhD (see 2018) but without the data from GloWbE.