An Atlas of English Dialects
Oxford University Press, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 193 pages
Based on findings of the Survey of English Dialects at Sheffield University, this book presents the results of an extensive survey into dialect in the twentieth century. Differences in vocabulary between regions have always interested general readers as well as academics and this book has been written in a style that is accessible and to the non-specialist, as well as providing useful material for language specialists, students and academics. An introductory essay sets the work in context, both historically and linguistically. The 90 maps are divided into 3 groups, lexical (the largest section), phonological, and grammatical; detailed commentaries provide clear and accessible information on the linguistic, historical and cultural significance of words. Indexes aid the reader in identifying technical linguistic terms, and help locate information.
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accent Anglo-Saxon British English commentary connected consonants Cornwall Devon dialect synonyms dialect words Dialects of England distinction early early Modern English eighteenth century Elizabeth Wright English Dialects English Grammar example existence fact gorse gypsy influence Joseph and Elizabeth Lancashire language Lincolnshire lish meaning meat Middle English period Modern English non-standard dialects non-standard speakers non-standard speech non-standard word normally North Northern England noun object pronoun occur Old English period Old English word Old French Old Norse oo sound origin Oxford English Dictionary plural possessive pronouns Received Pronunciation refer regional rhoticity seen seventeenth century short oo Shorter Oxford English Shropshire sixteenth century Somerset South South-west southern spelling spelt standard and non-standard standard dialect Standard English standard pronunciation standard word Survey of English survival Trudgill usually variant variety verb Viking Viking settlement vowel vowel sound West Midlands whilst widely words mapped Yorkshire