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Variation in an English Dialect
A Sociolinguistic Study

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521117159

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  • Dr Cheshire's fieldwork concentrates on phonological variation in spontaneous everyday conversation. She interviews a group of non-standard English speakers living in Reading, Berkshire. Her data provides a basis for a perceptive analysis of variation in contemporary English and of the nature and function of variation in general. She specifically focuses on morphological and syntactic variation, and thus also provides a valid description between standard English and a variety used by working-class speakers, which will interest not only linguists including sociolinguists and dialectologists, but many workers in education. Linguistic and social constraints on variation are established, and the analysis also demonstrates how speakers are able to exploit the resources of the language system to convey social meaning. The data Dr Cheshire has collected are in themselves an important contribution to the study of language in its social context, whilst the analysis has significant theoretical implications for diachronic and synchronic linguistics.

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521117159
    • length: 156 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.24kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Methodology:
    1. Preliminary considerations
    2. Data collection
    3. Methods of analysis
    Part II. Linguistic Variation:
    4. Verb forms
    5. Negation
    6. Relative pronouns
    7. Other nonstandard forms
    Part III. Sociolinguistic Variation:
    8. Social variation
    9. Stylistic variation
    Index of authors
    General index.

  • Author

    Jenny Cheshire

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