Dialects (Language Workbooks) by Peter Trudgill

By Peter Trudgill

Routledge Language Workbooks supply absolute newbies with sensible introductions to middle parts of language research. Books within the sequence supply complete insurance of the world in addition to a foundation for additional research. every one Language Workbook courses the reader in the course of the topic utilizing 'hands-on' language research, equipping them with the fundamental analytical talents had to deal with quite a lot of info. Written in a transparent and straightforward kind, with all technical ideas totally defined, Language Workbooks can be utilized for self sufficient research or as a part of a taught class.This moment variation of Dialects:*has been revised all through *introduces the various dialects of English spoken within the United Kingdom*reveals the most important matters that dialectology engages with*uses either the foreign phonetic alphabet and easy representations of sounds to provide an explanation for pronunciations*involves readers in accumulating data*contains various illustrative maps*is written in a full of life and interesting kind, with info on 'posh and no more posh' dialects and recognizing your dialect zone.

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D) They did it, done they? (e) What did they do? (f) She did it, did she? (g) Did you have any luck? (h) I didn’t see any. (i) Where done they go? (j) They done it last year. 3 Here are some sentences in Somerset dialect. Work out what the rule is for using the two different types of past-tense verb forms. I did go there every day. I went there last night. I seen ’im last Thursday. I did see ’im regular. I told ’er as soon as I could. I did tell ’er every time it happened. We always did have a cup of tea at four o’clock.

The pronunciation of words like arm as arrm , etc. will, we can suppose, very soon disappear from Kent, Surrey and Sussex altogether. 4 Our in Traditional Dialects Southampton and Swindon, already show considerable signs of loss of r . In the speech of younger urban people, the arrm pronunciation is still strong in towns such as Gloucester, Bristol, Plymouth and Exeter. But it is quite likely that in a hundred years or so it will have disappeared from those areas too. If this does happen, the original pronunciation with r will survive only in Scotland and Ireland, in the British Isles.

A different rule for the formation of present-tense verbs is illustrated in the next passage, which is written in the traditional dialect of Berkshire. < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 I sees him every day on my way home. He likes to stop and have a chat, and I generally has the time for that. —and he has plenty of friends there and they often buys us a drink. The grammatical rule for present-tense verb forms in the Berkshire dialect is obviously not the same as the one in Standard English.

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