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    Does "discursive domains" mean "different fields"?


    In this study, we describe a current change in progress involving a previously unstudied
    syntactic variable. The variable under study is the presence of post-adjectival (of) in degree
    constructions such as “It’s not that big (of) a deal”. Our initial impressionistic and corpus
    observations showed that such constructions occur frequently across discursive domains in
    American English. A corpus search of news media from the 1940s to the present day revealed a
    steady increase in (of) usage, particularly in the past two decades. People’s intuitions about the
    relative acceptability of the feature also suggest its significance as a sociolinguistic variable.

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    Re: Does "discursive domains" mean "different fields"?

    Almost. Discursive domains means areas of discourse, or fields of discussion/writing/debate.

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