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A Structural Atlas of the English Dialects

A Structural Atlas of the English Dialects

1st Edition

Peter Anderson
February 02, 2017

First published in 1987, this atlas identifies structural patterns which exist in the sound systems of the dialects of England. It regards variation, not as something to be ignored or avoided, but as a central and essential feature of dialect, which must be accounted for in a systematic way. The...

Studies in the Phonology of Colloquial English

Studies in the Phonology of Colloquial English

1st Edition

K. R. Lodge
February 02, 2017

This book, first published in 1984, presents a series of analysis of colloquial spoken language, to illustrate some of the variety of phonological features of British English. These studies provide significant insights into linguistic varieties and their inter-relationship as a phonological system...

Subject and Object in Modern English

Subject and Object in Modern English

1st Edition

Barbara H Partee
February 02, 2017

Subject and Object in Modern English, first published in 1979, deals with subjects in the English language (one of the two main constituents of a clause), first comparing two possible notions of derived subject and then re-examining some derived subjects which had been assumed to be underlying...

The Pseudo-Cleft Construction in English

The Pseudo-Cleft Construction in English

1st Edition

F. R. Higgins
February 02, 2017

This work, first published in 1979, was a doctoral dissertation submitted to the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on June 22nd 1973. The ostensible central topic of this essay is a construction which is generally known as the "...

Speaking Canadian English: An Informal Account of the English Language in Canada

Speaking Canadian English: An Informal Account of the English Language in Canada

1st Edition

Mark M. Orkin
February 02, 2017

What do English-speaking Canadians sound like and why? Can you tell the difference between a Canadian and an American? A Canadian and an Englishman? If so, how? Linguistically speaking is Canada a colony of Britain or a satellite of the United States? Is there a Canadian language? Speaking...

Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London

Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London

1st Edition

William Matthews
February 02, 2017

Although Cockney can be considered to be one of the most important non-standard forms of English, there had been little to no scholarly attention on the dialect prior to William Matthews’s 1938 volume Cockney Past and Present. Matthews traced the course of the speech of London from the sixteenth...

Pattern in English (RLE: English Language): A Fresh Approach to Grammar

Pattern in English (RLE: English Language): A Fresh Approach to Grammar

1st Edition

W. H. Mittins
February 02, 2017

This book, first published in 1950, is a collection of what the author felt to be the minimum of English grammar relevant to efficient communication in language. The scope of this title was determined by collecting from children’s writings examples of common faults and weaknesses, and it is through...

An Historic Tongue (RLE: English Language): Studies in English Linguistics in Memory of Barbara Strang

An Historic Tongue (RLE: English Language): Studies in English Linguistics in Memory of Barbara Strang

1st Edition

Graham Nixon, John Honey
February 02, 2017

This volume, first published in 1988, represents in its papers the wide-ranging yet coherent linguistic interests of the late Barbara Strang (1925-1982). For her, the history of English and its current state were two sides of the same coin, and the principle theme of this collection is that neither...

An Advanced English Syntax: Based on the Principles and Requirements of the Grammatical Society

An Advanced English Syntax: Based on the Principles and Requirements of the Grammatical Society

1st Edition

C. T. Onions
February 02, 2017

This book, first published in 1970, is the reissue of the sixth edition of C. T. Onions’ standard introductory text-book, based on the principles and requirements of the Grammatical Society. The Introduction is designed to provide a full scheme of sentence analysis. The rest of the book is arranged...

The Phonology of a South Durham Dialect: Descriptive, Historical, and Comparative

The Phonology of a South Durham Dialect: Descriptive, Historical, and Comparative

1st Edition

Harold Orton
February 02, 2017

This book, first published in 1933, examines the dialect of the people of Byers Green in County Durham. Orton explores the possible reasons behind why the dialect has signs of external influences, and the ways in which it differs to the dialects of other populations in County Durham. This title...

A History of English (RLE: English Language)

A History of English (RLE: English Language)

1st Edition

Barbara M. H. Strang
February 02, 2017

A History of English, first published in 1970, is a book for beginners in linguistic history. This title examines the changes in English language speech and writing over a period of almost 2000 years, whilst also exploring more recent changes within the author’s living memory. This title aims to...

Questions of Intonation

Questions of Intonation

1st Edition

Gillian Brown, Karen L. Currie, Joanne Kenworthy
February 02, 2017

First published in 1980, this book questions many of the assumptions that have accumulated around the subject of intonation as it occurs in spontaneous speech, as well as texts read aloud. The book suggests alternative ways of examining the subject and primarily uses data derived from Edinburgh...

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