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An Introduction to Regional Englishes: Dialect Variation in England (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language)

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Are the dialects of England disappearing in the wake of globalisation and 'Estuary English', or are geographical differences as strong as ever? Joan Beal looks at recent research into regional variation in England, discusses the evidence for 'dialect levelling' and argues that, despite this, features of dialect are still clear markers of regional and local identity. Chapters outlining the main regional differences in accent, dialect grammar and dialect vocabulary are followed by discussions of research into geographical diffusion, levelling, issues of identity and stereotypes. Each chapter is accompanied by either an exercise based on data provided, a data-gathering exercise using methodological tools provided, or an extract from a media article provided to provoke discussion. The book also includes a guide to resources available for the study of regional dialects in England.

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Are the dialects of England disappearing under the pressure of globalization and a preference for Estuary English, a dialect widely spoken in the country's southeast region, or are the geographical differences of Britain as strong as ever? Joan Beal reviews recent research on regional variation in England and reevaluates the evidence for dialect leveling, ultimately arguing that despite such trends, distinct dialects still operate as clear and vivid markers of regional and local identity.

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Joan Beal is Professor of English Language at the University of Sheffield

Product Details

ISBN:
9780748621170
Author:
Beal, Joan
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
5.4 x 8.3 x 0.4 in 0.388 lb

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Children's » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » English Linguistics and Dialects
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History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
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Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , Are the dialects of England disappearing under the pressure of globalization and a preference for Estuary English, a dialect widely spoken in the country's southeast region, or are the geographical differences of Britain as strong as ever? Joan Beal reviews recent research on regional variation in England and reevaluates the evidence for dialect leveling, ultimately arguing that despite such trends, distinct dialects still operate as clear and vivid markers of regional and local identity.
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