Ulster Scots Speech

Ulster Scots Speech

by Rona K. Kingsmore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817307117

ISBN-13: 9780817307110

Pub. Date: 03/28/1995

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

This book examines phonological variation of the inhabitants of Coleraine, a small town in Northern Ireland. Its purpose is to identify some of the mechanisms involved in language change by focusing on one variety of Hiberno-English – Ulster Scots – in a small urban community. Kingsmore concentrates in particular on the social and family networks of

Overview

This book examines phonological variation of the inhabitants of Coleraine, a small town in Northern Ireland. Its purpose is to identify some of the mechanisms involved in language change by focusing on one variety of Hiberno-English – Ulster Scots – in a small urban community. Kingsmore concentrates in particular on the social and family networks of this urban working-class community and their influence on the status and stigma of competing nonstandard pronunciations.

            The author identifies some of the innovators of phonological change and some social and linguistic barriers to change. This quantitative study focuses on the effect of gender on language variation and change. In addition, Kingsmore describes conflicting pressures between urban and rural varieties and examines the extent of influence of a larger urban center on a smaller urban center. Her sociolinguistic methodology is innovative and insightful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817307110
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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