English Accents and Dialects

Author: Arthur Hughes,
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134663880
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

English Accents and Dialects is an essential guide to contemporary social and regional varieties of English spoken in the British Isles today. Together with invaluable overviews of numerous regional accents and dialects, this fifth edition provides a detailed description of key features of Received Pronounciation (RP) as well as several major non-standard varieties of English. Key features: main regional differences are followed by a survey of speech in over 20 areas of the UK and Ireland, audio samples of which are available to download at www.routledge.com/cw/hughes recent findings on London English, Aberdeen English and Liverpool English contains new entries on Hull, Manchester, Carlisle, Middlesbrough, Southampton, London West Indian, Lancashire and the Shetlands additional exercises with answers online accompany the new varieties clear maps throughout for locating particular accents and dialects. This combination of reference manual and practical guide makes this fifth edition of English Accents and Dialects a highly useful resource providing a comprehensive and contemporary coverage of speech in the UK and Ireland today.

Accents Dialects for Stage and Screen

Author: Paul Meier
ISBN: 0615461506
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Acting

This easy-to-follow yet incredibly detailed 350-page book is the industry standard on accents and dialects of the English language. Readers get not only a proven system of instruction instead of mere voice mimicry, but an invaluable collection of 12 CDs. Paul Meier is a leading dialect coach for theatre and film, and contained in this impressive publication is his entire standard repertoire of the 24 most valuable accents and dialects for actors: Afrikaans (South Africa), American Deep South (Mississippi/Georgia/Alabama), American Southern (Kentucky/Tennessee), Australian, Cockney, Downeast New England, French, General American, German, Hampshire, Indian, Irish, Italian, Liverpool, New York, Northern Ireland, Russian, Scottish, South Boston, Spanish (Castilian & Colonial), Standard British English (Received Pronunciation), Welsh, Yiddish, and Yorkshire.

Accents of English

Author: John C. Wells
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521285402
Release Date: 1982-04-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in different places. Volume 1 provides a synthesizing introduction, which shows how accents vary not only geographically, but also with social class, formality, sex and age; and in volumes 2 and 3 the author examines in greater depth the various accents used by people who speak English as their mother tongue: the accents of the regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (volume 2), and of the USA, Canada, the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Black Africa and the Far East (volume 3). Each volume can be read independently, and together they form a major scholarly survey, of considerable originality, which not only includes descriptions of hitherto neglected accents, but also examines the implications for phonological theory. Readers will find the answers to many questions: Who makes 'good' rhyme with 'mood'? Which accents have no voiced sibilants? How is a Canadian accent different from an American one, a New Zealand one from an Australian one, a Jamaican one from a Barbadian one? What are the historical reasons for British-American pronunciation differences? What sound changes are currently in progress in New York, in London, in Edinburgh? Dr Wells his written principally for students of linguistics, phonetics and English language, but the motivated general reader will also find the study both fascinating and rewarding.

Swearing and Dialect

Author: Karin Wiecha
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783640525669
Release Date: 2010-02-02
Genre: Literary Collections

Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,0, University of Hildesheim (Institut für englische Sprache und Literatur), course: Accents and Dialects in Great Britain, language: English, abstract: Diese Arbeit untersucht den Zusammenhang zwischen Schimpfwörter und Dialekten am Beispiel englischer Dialekte Großbritanniens. Es wird die These aufgestellt, Dialekte böten einen nahrhaften Boden für eine Vielfalt an Schimpfwörtern, die so in der Standardsprache nicht vorzufinden sei. Als Beleg dieser These wird zunächst näher auf die Natur des Fluchens und somit dem Enstehen von Schimpfwörtern eingegangen. Im Folgenden wird mit Hilfe einer Korpusanalyse das Vorkommen der häufigsten englischen Schimpfworte im gesprochenen wie schriftlichen Diskurs verglichen. Die Ergebnisse zeigen einen deutlichen Trend zum Fluchen im mündlichen Diskurs. Da die gesprochenen Sprache für die Mehrheit aller Sprecher vielmehr ein Dialekt als die Standardsprache ist, deutet dieser Befund auf eine größere Bandbreite an Dialektschimpwörtern im Kontrast zur Standardsprache hin. Dies wird anhand konkreter Beispiele dialektaler Schimpfwörter aus diversen englischen Dialektvarianten illustriert.


Author: Peter Trudgill
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415342635
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Routledge Language Workbooks provide absolute beginners with practical introductions to core areas of language study. Books in the series provide comprehensive coverage of the area as well as a basis for further investigation. Each Language Workbook guides the reader through the subject using 'hands-on' language analysis, equipping them with the basic analytical skills needed to handle a wide range of data. Written in a clear and simple style, with all technical concepts fully explained, Language Workbooks can be used for independent study or as part of a taught class. This second edition of Dialects: *has been revised throughout *introduces the many dialects of English spoken in the United Kingdom *reveals the key issues that dialectology engages with *uses both the international phonetic alphabet and simple representations of sounds to explain pronunciations *involves readers in collecting data *contains numerous illustrative maps *is written in a lively and engaging style, with information on 'posh and less posh' dialects and spotting your dialect area.

Language and Region

Author: Joan C. Beal
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415366007
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language and Region: provides an accessible guide to regional variation in English covers topical issues including loss of regional diversity and attitudes to regional accents and dialects examines the use of dialect in media, advertising and the tourist industry outlines the main linguistic characteristics of regional accents and dialects in terms of regional pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. Affording hands-on practical experience of textual analysis, this book is essential reading for students of English language studies.

Estuary English Dialect Levelling in Southern Great Britain

Author: Swantje Tönnies
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783638951814
Release Date: 2008-06

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,7, University of Bayreuth, 15 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Ever since David Rosewarne first coined the term of Estuary English in 1984, the concept of an evolving dialect that extends across regional and social boundaries has given rise to a heated debate between linguists, some of who predict that Estuary English is threatening to replace RP in its role as a national standard. Sharing phonemic characteristics with both RP and the Cockney dialect, Estuary English has, although regionally confined to the South East of England, become a variety of the English language that crosses borders between different age groups, professions and social backgrounds, and is even represented in the media. This paper shall contrast Estuary English with both Cockney and RP in sociolinguistic terms and on a phonemic level. Further goals are to identify historical and social factors that may explain the current linguistic development in Southern Britain, and finally, to summarize the debate between renowned linguists about whether or not a significant role should be assigned to Estuary English, the dialect somewhere "between Cockney and the Queen" (Rosewarne 1994/37: 3).

Stage Dialects

Author: Jerry Blunt
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
ISBN: 0871293315
Release Date: 1967
Genre: Acting

New dialect Formation

Author: Peter Trudgill
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195220439
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Distinguished sociolinguist Peter Trudgill here presents a controversial new theory about dialect contact and the formation of new colonial dialects. He examines the genesis of Latin American Spanish, Canadian French, and North American English and in particular concentrates on Australian, New Zealand, and South African English. These varieties developed during the nineteenth century along with the immigration of settlers from Britain and Ireland. The novelty of Trudgill's theory is that these new varieties of English were predictable and deterministic according to certain demographic and linguistic principles, and that all these varieties of colonial Englishes are similar to each other because they were formed out of similar mixtures according to the same principles. Trudgill argues no role in colonial dialect development and that the work of dialect formation was carried out by children over a period of two generations. Trudgill's work represents an exciting new approach to the study of language contact and dialects in its emphasis on the notion of predictability and the important role of children.

Phonological Characteristics of American English

Author: Dominik Borner
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783638369992
Release Date: 2005-04-23
Genre: Literary Collections

Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 2,3, University of Bamberg, course: Proseminar: English Varieties, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction Even to non-native speakers of the English language it is in most cases an easy task to differentiate between British and American native speakers by listening to their pronunciation. In this term paper the most characteristic phonological features of American English will be named and explained and an overview of the variety of dialects within the United States will be provided. This can be done best by using British Standard English – also known as Received Pronunciation (RP) – as reference accent and pointing out the differences to American English. 2. General American However, it is hard to work with the term American English when doing a phonological analysis of American speech since it covers a broad spectrum of different dialects. For this reason the term General American (GA), which is widely used and preferred by most linguists today, will be introduced and worked with. General American can be seen as the Standard English of North America, but in contrast to Received Pronunciation, it is not defined by social reputation or a specific geographical origin. Throughout the United States one can not really find a socially preferred accent that is commonly recognized as the standard pronunciation. There have been several different approaches to defining a Standard English for the USA and in this paper General American will be used in means of a range of accents that do not exhibit any of the North-Eastern or Southern features which “are perceived as regional by the majority of American speakers.” One has to keep in mind that GA is not “a single and totally homogeneous accent. But since its internal variation is mainly a matter of differences in the phonetic realizations of a system of phonemes that is by and large shared by all GA speakers, the generalization expressed in the notion ‘General American’ is useful in phonological terms.”

Ways of Reading

Author: Martin Montgomery
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415222060
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Literary Criticism

Ways of Reading is a well-established core textbook that provides the reader with the tools to analyze and interpret the meanings of literary and non-literary texts. Six sections, split into self-contained units with their own activities and notes for further reading, cover: techniques and problem-solving language variation attributing meaning poetic uses of language narrative media texts. This third edition has been redesigned and updated throughout with many fresh examples and exercises, updated further reading suggestions and new material on electronic sources and the Internet, language and power, and drama.

British Sources of Information

Author: P. Jackson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135794934
Release Date: 2003-09-02
Genre: History

This comprehensive and versatile reference source will be a most important tool for anyone wishing to seek out information on virtually any aspect of British affairs, life and culture. The resources of a detailed bibliography, directory and journals listing are combined in this single volume, forming a unique guide to a multitude of diverse topics - British politics, government, society, literature, thought, arts, economics, history and geography. Academic subjects as taught in British colleges and universities are covered, with extensive reading lists of books and journals and sources of information for each discipline, making this an invaluable manual.

Introduction to Regional Englishes

Author: Joan C Beal
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748687268
Release Date: 2010-11-26
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A description of regional varieties of British English, along with discussion of current research in dialectology/ variationist sociolinguistics.