Northern English: A Social and Cultural History

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 29, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 257 pages
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English as spoken in the north of England has a rich social and cultural history; however it has often been neglected by historical linguists, whose research has focused largely on the development of 'Standard English'. In this groundbreaking, alternative account of the history of English, Northern English takes centre stage for the first time. Emphasising its richness and variety, the book places northern speech and culture in the context of identity, iconography, mental maps, boundaries and marginalisation. It reassesses the role of Northern English in the development of Modern Standard English, draws some pioneering conclusions about the future of Northern English, and considers the origins of the many images and stereotypes surrounding northerners and their speech. Numerous maps, and a useful index of northern English words and pronunciations, are included. Innovative and original, Northern English will be welcomed by all those interested in the history and regional diversity of English.
 

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The existence of English dialects comes always as a shock to foreigners accustomed to received pronunciation. While Irishmen and Scotsmen can get away with their accents, Englishmen, at least in an ... Read full review

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Page 2 - Fortunately, at the present time, the great majority of the English Dialects are of very little importance as representatives of English speech, and for our present purpose we can afford to let them go, except in so far as they throw light upon the growth of those forms of our language which are the main objects of our solicitude, namely, the language of Literature and Received Standard Spoken English.

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Katie Wales is Research Fellow in the School of English, University of Sheffield.

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