English Dialectology

Lectures from English Dialectology

Comparison of British dialects

Cockney is probably the second most famous British accent. It originated in the East End of London, but shares many features with and influences other dialects in that region. Features: ·        Raised vowel in words like trap and cat so these sounds like “trep” and “cet.” ·        Non-rhoticity: see explanation …

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Classification of the modern territorial dialects

Classification of the modern territorial dialects of modern English regional dialects presents serious difficulties, since their boundaries are characterized by a large fluctuation, and locales are increasingly invading the area of distribution of dialectal speech. One of the most serious effort was undertaken by Ellis. [4; 86] Although this classification …

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Standards and dialectal speech

are not simply cold linguistic systems studied in grammar books, but rather, tools for human communication. Therefore, as a human phenomenon, language is endowed with the spontaneous and ever-changing nature typical of us human beings. It is thanks to this medium that we can establish social relationships with other people, …

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The concept and essence of dialects

study of dialects offers a fascinating approach to learning about language. Ideally, by learning about how language varies geographically and socially, students will come to understand at least two basic facts about language: 1) that language changes over time, and 2) that language use is linked to social identity.variation, or …

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Англо-Русский Разговорник

Англо-Русский Разговорник 1. Повседневные выражения а) Приветствие Good morning! Доброе утро! (до обеда) Good afternoon! Добрый день! (после обеда) Good evening! Добрый вечер! How do you do? Здравствуйте! Hallo! Привет! Hi! Привет! (I’m) glad to see you! (Я) рад Вас видеть! I haven’t seen you for weeks. Я не видел …

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Lecture about Australian English dialect

Australian English is predominantly British English, and especially from the London area.  R’s are dropped after vowels, but are often inserted between two words ending and beginning with vowels. The vowels reflect a strong “Cockney” influence:  The long a (/ei/) tends towards a long i (/ai/), so pay sounds like …

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Ireland

English was imposed upon the Irish, but they have made it their own and have contributed some of our finest literature.  Irish English is strongly influenced by Irish Gaelic: r after vowels is retained “pure” vowels (/e:/ rather than /ei/, /o:/ rather than /ou/) /th/ and /dh/ > /t/ and …

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Scotland

Scotland actually has more variation in dialects than England!  The variations do have a few things in common, though, besides a large particularly Scottish vocabulary: rolled r’s. “pure” vowels (/e:/ rather than /ei/, /o:/ rather than /ou/) /u:/ is often fronted to /ö/ or /ü/, e.g. boot, good, muin (moon), …

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