An Atlas of English Dialects

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 193 pages
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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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About the Editors
Clive Upton has been involved with the Survey of English Dialects and the Survey of Anglo-Welsh dialects for 27 years as a fieldworker, editor, writer, teacher, trainer, and planner. He is currently a teacher at the Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language, University of Sheffield.
J. D. A. Widdowson is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, and Director of the Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language.

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