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Northern English A Cultural and Social History

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ISBN-10: 0521861071

ISBN-13: 9780521861076

Edition: 2006

Authors: Katie Wales

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English as spoken in the North of England has a rich social and cultural history; however it has often been neglected by historical linguists, whose research has focused largely on the development of 'Standard English'. In this groundbreaking, alternative account of the history of English, Northern English takes centre stage for the first time. Emphasizing its richness and variety, the book places Northern speech and culture in the context of identity, iconography, mental maps, boundaries and marginalization. It re-assesses the role of Northern English in the development of Modern Standard English, draws some pioneering conclusions about the future of Northern English, and considers the…    
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Book details

List price: $130.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/29/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 276
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations and symbols
'The North-South divide'
Introduction: an 'alternative' history of English
The 'boundaries' of Northern English
'The North is a different country': the mythologies of Northern English
The origins of Northern English
Northern dialects and 'boundaries' in the Old English period
The 'far North': Northern English and Scots
The impact of the Scandinavian settlements
Conclusion: the roots of diversity
Northern English and the rise of 'Standard English'
A North-South divide? Images of Northern English to 1700
The 'spread' of Northern features into London English
On the margins: attitudes to Northern English in the eighteenth century
Northern English and the routes of Romanticism
Northern English after the Industrial Revolution (1750-1950)
'The two nations': the impact of industrialization
'The Road to Wigan Pier': Northern English in performance
'Between Two Worlds': Northern English and liminality
Epilogue: Northern English transported
Northern English present and future
The 1960s and beyond: the 'renaissance' of Northern English?
The influence of RP and 'Estuary English' on Northern English?
The 'erosion' of Northern dialect?
Northern English grammar
Northern discourse features
Northern vocabulary
Conclusion: whither Northern English?
Index of Northern English features
General index