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Title Dialects of English : studies in grammatical variation / edited by Peter Trudgill and J.K. Chambers
Published London ; New York : Longman, 1991


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Description xiv, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
regular print
Series Longman linguistics library
Longman linguistics library.
Contents 1. Introduction: English dialect grammar ---- Part I. Pronouns. 2. Pronouns and pronominal systems in English dialects --- 3. The personal dative in Appalachian speech --- 4. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns in a Devonshire dialect --- 5. The actuation problem for gender change in Wessex versus Newfoundland ---- Part II. Verb systems. 6. Verb systems in English dialects --- 7. Variation in the use of "ain't" in an urban English dialect --- 8. Double modals in Hawick Scots --- 9. On grammatical diffusion in Somerset folk speech --- 10. Variation in the lexical verb in inner-Sydney English ---- Part III. Aspect. 11. Aspects in English dialects --- 12. Periphrasic "do" in affirmative sentences in the dialect of East Somerset --- 13. Preverbal "done" in Alabam and elsewhere --- 14. Conservatism versus substratal transfer in Irish English ---- Part IV. Non-finite verb forms. 15. Non-finite verb forms in English dialects --- 16. Transitivity and intransitivity in the dialects of the south-west of England --- 17. Toward a description of "a"-prefixing in Appalachian English --- 18. A grammatical continuum for (ing) ---- Part V. Adverbials. 20. Affirmative "any more" in present-day American English --- 21. The boundaries of a grammar -- inter-dialectal reactions to positive "anymore" ---- Part VI. Conclusion. 22. Dialect and grammar -- data and theory
Summary Individual chapters cover the full international range of English dialects, from the centre of Sydney to the shores of Newfoundland, and from the Scottish borders to the Appalachian Mountains. Soundly based on empirical research, they are rich in data of great interest in itself, but no article is merely descriptive. The editors have selected papers for their value in contributing to the reader's broader understanding of the theoretical issues concerning dialectology as a whole. As a result, dialectology is presented as a major scholarly discipline drawing creatively on such areas as linguistics, sociology, psychology, history, geography and even philosophy
Analysis English language Dialects
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [viii]-ix) and index
Subject English language -- Dialects.
English language -- Grammar.
English language -- Variation.
Author Chambers, J. K.
Trudgill, Peter.
LC no. 89014523
ISBN 0582021944