This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the First International Conference on English Historical Dialectology (ICEHD), organized at the University of Bergamo in September 2003. It includes papers on fundamental aspects of English historical dialectology, from Old English to Late Modern English. The papers discuss points in two thematically distinct but related sections, ‘Methods’ and ‘Data’. The volume also includes the transcript of a debate on methodological issues, in which the main themes are the principles of historical investigation of geographical varieties, the new approaches provided by corpus linguistics and computer technology, and the need for greater awareness of textual reliability.
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 405 pp., num ill., tables and graphs
Contents: Roger Lass: Ut custodiant litteras: Editions, Corpora and Witnesshood – Margaret Laing: Multidimensionality: Time,
Space and Stratigraphy in Historical Dialectology – Keith Williamson: On Chronicity and Space(s) in Historical Dialectology
– Mieko Ogura/William S.-Y. Wang: Dynamic Dialectology and Complex Adaptive System – Anneli Meurman-Solin: Towards a Variationist
Typology of Clausal Connectives: Methodological Considerations based on the Corpus of Scottish Correspondence – Raymond Hickey:
Standard Wisdoms and Historical Dialectology: The Discrete Use of Historical Regional Corpora – Peter Kitson: On Margins of
Error in Placing Old English Literary Dialects – Richard M. Hogg: North Northumbrian and South Northumbrian: A Geographical
Statement? – Merja Stenroos: Regional Dialects and Spelling Conventions in Late Middle English: Searches for (th) in the LALME
Data – Julia Fernández Cuesta/Ma Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma: Northern Features in15th-16th-Century
Legal Documents from Yorkshire – Jeremy J. Smith: Phonological Space and the Actuation of the Great Vowel Shift in Scotland
and Northern England – Joan C. Beal: Marks of disgrace: Attitudes to Non-Standard Pronunciation in 18th-Century English
Pronouncing Dictionaries – Susan M. Fitzmaurice: Orality, Standardization, and the Effects of Print Publication on the Look
of Standard English in the 18th-Century.