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Dialects of English

Studies in Grammatical Variation, 1st Edition

By Peter Trudgill, J. K. Chambers


320 pages

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This collection consists of 15 articles by an international group of linguists and 7 essays by the editors, tackling a broad range of issues and representing some of the most authoritative work in English dialect grammar.

Individual chapters cover the full international range of English dialects, from the centre of Sydney to the shores of Newfoundland, and from the Scottish borders to the Appalachian Mountains. Soundly based on empirical research, they are rich in data of great interest in itself, but no article is merely descriptive. The editors have selected papers for their value in contributing to the reader's broader understanding of the theoretical issues concerning dialectology as a whole. As a result, dialectology is presented as a major scholarly discipline drawing creatively on such areas as linguistics, sociology, psychology, history, geography and even philosophy. These and other themes are explored in a wide-ranging Introduction by the editors, which sets the individual pieces and the subject in context for the reader.

Table of Contents




1. English dialect grammar

2. Pronouns and pronominal systems in English dialects

3. The personal dative in Appalachian speech, Donna Christian

4. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns in a Devonshire dialect, Martin Harris

5. The actuation problem for gender change in Wessex versus Newfoundland, Harold Paddock

6. Verb systems in English dialects

7. Variation in the use of "ain't" in an urban English dialect, Jenny Cheshire

8. Double modals in Hawick Scots,Keith Brown

9. On grammatical diffusion in Somerset folk speech, Ossi Ihalainen

10. Variation in the lexical verb in inner-Sydney English, Edina Eisikovits

11. Aspects in English dialects

12. Periphrasic "do" in affirmative sentences in the dialect of East Somerset, Ossi Ihalainen

13. Preverbal "done" in Alabam and elsewhere, Crawford Feagin

14. Conservatism versus substratal transfer in Irish English, John Harris

15. Non-finite verb forms in English dialects

16. Transitivity and intransitivity in the dialects of the south-west of England, Jean-Marc Gachelin

17. Toward a description of "a"-prefixing in Appalachian English, Walt Wolfram

18. A grammatical continuum for (ing), Ann Houston

19. Adverbials in English dialects

20. Affirmative "any more" in present-day American English, Walter H.Eitner

21. The boundaries of a grammar - inter-dialectal reactions to positive "anymore", William Labov

22. Dialect and grammar - data and theory

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