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Real English

The Grammar of English Dialects in the British Isles, 1st Edition

By James Milroy, Lesley Milroy


362 pages

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While it is accepted that the pronunciation of English shows wide regional differences, there is a marked tendency to under-estimate the extent of the variation in grammar that exists within the British Isles today. In addressing this problem, Real English brings together the work of a number of experts on the subject to provide a pioneer volume in the field of the grammar of spoken English.

Table of Contents

Editors' preface


Part I: Dialect in Education

1. Syntactic variation in non-standard dialects: background issues, Jenny Cheshire and Jim Milroy

2. Sociolinguistics in the classroom: exploring linguistic diversity, Jenny Cheshire and Viv Edwards

3. Non-standard English and dialect levelling, Jenny Cheshire, Viv Edwards and Pamela Whittle

Part II: Regional variation in English grammar: case studies

4. The grammar of Scottish English, Jim Miller

5. The grammar of Irish English, John Harris

6. The grammar of Tyneside and Northumbrian English, Joan Beal

7. The grammar of Southern British English, Viv Edwards

Appendix to part II: Glossary of grammatical terms

Part III: Resources

8. A directory of English dialect resources: The English counties, Viv Edwards


About the Series

Real Language Series

This is a sociolinguistic series about the relationship between language, society and social change. Books in the series draw on natural language data from a wide range of social contexts. The series takes a critical approach to the subject, challenging current orthodoxies, and dealing with familiar topics in new ways.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General