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Shorrocks, Graham

A Grammar of the Dialect of the Bolton Area

Part II: Morphology and Syntax

Series: Bamberger Beiträge zur Englischen Sprachwissenschaft / Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics - Volume 42

Year of Publication: 1999

Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1999. XXVII, 282 pp., 5 fig., 3 tab.
ISBN 978-3-631-34661-7 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.410 kg, 0.904 lbs

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Book synopsis

This is Part II of a synchronic study of the traditional urban vernacular spoken in an area determined by Bolton's urban field of influence. It contains a detailed account of the morphology and syntax of the dialect, based upon extensive fieldwork. Together with Part I, it constitutes the fullest grammar of an English dialect published to date. The distinctiveness of the Bolton dialect suggests that grammatical variation among English dialects has generally been underestimated by scholars, no doubt chiefly as a result of their purposes and theoretical concerns, methodologies, and the specific field techniques that they have employed. This is a major conclusion of the study, and has some bearing on the theory of English dialectology, and English linguistics more generally. The need for extensive recordings of free conversation is made evident, if numerous syntactic features are to be apprehended, and fully explained. It also emerges that urban environments are not simply melting pots, in which all distinctive linguistic characteristics are levelled out.

Contents

Contents: Morphology and syntax of the dialect of the Bolton area - Together with Part I, it is the fullest grammar of an English dialect published to date.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Graham Shorrocks is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He is a native of Farnworth, a town within the Bolton Metropolitan Borough. He edits Regional Language Studies - Newfoundland, and is President of the English National Committee of the Atlas Linguarum Europae, as well as a member of the A.L.E.'s Editorial Board. He has published widely on English dialects.

Series

University of Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics. Vol. 42
Edited by Wolfgang Viereck