Northern English: A Social and Cultural History

Northern English: A Social and Cultural History

by Katie Wales
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521100194

ISBN-13: 9780521100199

Pub. Date: 01/18/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

English as spoken in the north of England has a rich social and cultural history; however it has often been neglected by historical linguists, whose research has focused largely on the development of 'Standard English'. In this groundbreaking, alternative account of the history of English, Northern English takes centre stage for the first time. Emphasising its

Overview

English as spoken in the north of England has a rich social and cultural history; however it has often been neglected by historical linguists, whose research has focused largely on the development of 'Standard English'. In this groundbreaking, alternative account of the history of English, Northern English takes centre stage for the first time. Emphasising its richness and variety, the book places northern speech and culture in the context of identity, iconography, mental maps, boundaries and marginalisation. It reassesses the role of Northern English in the development of Modern Standard English, draws some pioneering conclusions about the future of Northern English, and considers the origins of the many images and stereotypes surrounding northerners and their speech. Numerous maps, and a useful index of northern English words and pronunciations, are included. Innovative and original, Northern English will be welcomed by all those interested in the history and regional diversity of English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521100199
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/18/2009
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. The north-south divide; 2. The origins of northern English; 3. Northern English and the rise of 'standard' English; 4. Northern English after the industrial revolution (1750–1950); 5. Northern English present and future.

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