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Proceedings of Methods XIII

Papers from the Thirteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2008


Edited By Barry Heselwood and Clive Upton

This volume of papers from the 13th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, held at the University of Leeds in 2008, collects together current research and recent methodological developments in the study of dialects by new and established scholars. It is organised into themed sections reporting on historical dialectology, dialect literature, the production of dialect maps and atlases, and the collection and organisation of material for dialect dictionaries and corpora. Perceptual dialectology and dialect intelligibility are also featured, and there are linguistic analyses of dialectal data from many language varieties.


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Foreword by David Britain xi


Foreword The International Conference on Methods in Dialectology is THE truly global meeting for those interested in language variation. It brings together specialists from all over the world and from all traditions of dialectology and its neighbouring disciplines – it is therefore the only forum where, for example, North American variationists can rub shoulders with Finnish traditional dialectologists and researchers from the Japanese dialectological tradition, where dialect dictionaries meet advanced computerised cartography, and where Varbrul meets vernacular dialect literature. And, as the title of the conference suggests, it is one of the only regularly occurring linguistics conferences that foregrounds methodological concerns, so crucial to good research, yet so rarely given the prominence they deserve in the published academic literature. As the conference was to be held in England, then it was especially appropriate that it should take place at the University of Leeds, which has, more than any other university in the country, the right to call itself the home of English dialectology. It was from Leeds, of course, that the Survey of English Dialects was launched over 50 years ago, a survey that remains to this day the only systematic nationwide account of how England spoke. This volume, edited by Barry Heselwood and Clive Upton, brings together a selection of the papers presented at the conference that took place in August 2008, reflecting both the diversity of approaches, traditions and speech communities as well as the healthy balance of method and theory that we have come to expect from the...

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