Debating Dialect: Essays on the Philosophy of Dialect Study

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Overview

A collection of essays dealing with the fundamental issues in the study of dialect. This text offers critiques of orthodox views about dialect and dialectology, and as such is designed both to complement standard introductory volumes on dialectology and to refine understanding of the term "dialect".;The main topics covered in the work are: the origins and meanings of standard English and its relationship with perceptions of dialect; the treatment of dialect in literature; the role of the dialectologist in descriptions of the accent of British English; Received Pronunciation; the history of dialectology; correspondences between dialectology and deconstruction; and the principle constructs of dialectology - the object of study and the dialectologist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708316696
  • Publisher: University of Wales Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2000
  • Series: CYMRU-Contemporary German Writers Ser.
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Penhallurick is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Wales Swansea as well as the curator of the Archive of Welsh English. He is the author of The Anglo-Welsh Dialects of North Wales (1991), Gowerland and its Language (1994), and many articles on dialect and dialectology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and Symbols
IPA Chart
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Dialect: 'England's dreaming' 5
2 Competing Spaces: Dialectology and the Place of Dialect in Chaucer's 'Reve's Tale' 46
3 Maintaining the Standard 66
4 Purpose, Theory and Method in English Dialectology: Towards a More Objective History of the Discipline 84
5 Theory, Objectivity and the Discipline: Further Discussion 108
6 Dialectology and Deconstruction 112
7 On Dialectology 116
Index 125
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