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Name  Laurel Brinton

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Laurel J. Brinton (born 1953) is an American-born Canadian linguist. She received her Ph.D. in English with a Linguistics Emphasis from the University of California, Berkeley (1981) under the supervision of Julian C. Boyd.


She is currently a Professor and chair of the English Language Program in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Her research explores areas of Modern English grammar, historical change in English discourse markers, grammaticalization and lexification in English, corpus linguistics, and the pragmatics of English. She was part of the team who set up the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles in an online form.

She is the sister of author and educator Donna M. Brinton.

Awards and Distinctions

Brinton won the Killam Research Prize in 1998, and was awarded a Killam Faculty Research Fellowship in 2005, an award granted to "full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes, who have an outstanding reputation in their area of research.


L. J. Brinton and D. M. Brinton. 2010. The Linguistic Structure of Modern English. John Benjamins.

L. J. Brinton. 2010. "Discourse Markers," in Historical Pragmatics. De Gruyter Mouton.

L. J. Brinton. 2008. The comment clause in English: Syntactic origins and pragmatic development. Cambridge University Press.

L. J. Brinton and E.C. Traugott. 2005. Lexicalization and language change. Cambridge University Press.

L. J. Brinton. 2003. "Historical Discourse Analysis." In The handbook of discourse analysis. Deborah Schiffrin, Deborah Tannen, Heidi E. Hamilton, eds. John Wiley & Sons.

L. J. Brinton. 2000. The structure of modern English: A linguistic introduction. John Benjamins Publishing.

L. J. Brinton. 1996. Pragmatic markers in English: Grammaticalization and discourse functions. Walter de Gruyter

L. J. Brinton. 1988. The development of English aspectual systems: Aspectualizers and post-verbal particles. Cambridge University Press


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