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Dialects of English
Studies in Grammatical Variation

ISBN 9781315505459
Published September 8, 2017 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

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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