Lexical Variation and Attrition in the Scottish Fishing Communities

Lexical Variation and Attrition in the Scottish Fishing Communities


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Lexical Variation and Attrition in the Scottish Fishing Communities by Robert McColl Millar, William Barras, Lisa Marie Bonnici

Over the last half century many scholars have recorded, analysed and theorised language death. At the same time, many sociolinguists have considered how rapid and dependable transport, mass education and increasingly globalised work patterns have affected how dialects in industrial and post-industrial societies are constructed and perceived; more often than not, these changes have been detrimental to the integrity of traditional dialects. The forces involved are most perceptible in loss of local lexis; this has been barely touched upon in the literature, primarily because the study of lexical variation and change has proved considerably more problematical in methodological terms than its phonological and morphosyntactic equivalents. This book considers these theoretical and methodological issues in relation to a representative sample of fishing communities along Scotland's east coast, in most of which the trade is now moribund. Can the lexical variation and change found in these communities be perceived as primary evidence for dialect death?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748691777
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 07/30/2014
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert McColl Millar is Reader in Linguistics in the School of Language & Literature at the University of Aberdeen. William Barras is a Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at the University of Aberdeen. Lisa Marie Bonnici received her PhD in Linguistics from UC Davis in 2010.

Table of Contents

1. Language Attrition and Lexical Variation and Change
2. The history and culture of the Scottish fishing communities
3. Methodology
4. Analysis of the data
5. Conclusions

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