Varieties of English in Writing
The written word as linguistic evidence
Raymond Hickey | University of Duisburg and Essen
This volume is concerned with assessing fictional and non-fictional written texts as linguistic evidence for earlier forms of varieties of English. These range from Scotland to New Zealand, from Canada to South Africa, covering all the major forms of the English language around the world. Central to the volume is the question of how genuine written representations are. Here the emphasis is on the techniques and methodology which can be employed when analysing documents. The vernacular styles found in written documents and the use of these as a window on earlier spoken modes of different varieties represent a focal concern of the book. Studies of language in literature, which were offered in the past, have been revisited and their findings reassessed in the light of recent advances in variationist linguistics.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G41] 2010. x, 378 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | p. vii
List of contributors | pp. ix–x
Linguistic evaluation of earlier textsRaymond Hickey | pp. 1–14
Non-standard language in earlier EnglishClaudia Claridge and Merja Kytö | pp. 15–42
Assessing non-standard writing in lexicographyPhilip Durkin | pp. 43–60
Northern English in WritingKatie Wales | pp. 61–80
Southern English in writingGunnel Melchers | pp. 81–98
The distinctiveness of Scots: Perceptions and realityJ. Derrick McClure | pp. 99–120
Irish English in early modern drama: The birth of a linguistic stereotypeRaymond Hickey | pp. 121–138
‘[H]ushed and lulled full chimes for pushed and pulled’: Writing Ulster EnglishKevin McCafferty | pp. 139–162
Dialect literature and English in the USA: Standardization and national linguistic identityLisa Cohen Minnick | pp. 163–196
Written sources for Canadian English: Phonetic reconstruction and the low-back vowel mergerStefan Dollinger | pp. 197–222
Earlier Caribbean English and Creole in writingBettina Migge and Susanne Mühleisen | pp. 223–244
Earliest St Helenian English in writing: Evidence from the St Helena Consultations (1682–1723)Daniel Schreier and Laura Wright | pp. 245–262
An abundant harvest to the philologer’? Jeremiah Goldswain, Thomas Shone and nineteenth-century South African EnglishLucia Siebers | pp. 263–294
A peculiar language’: Linguistic evidence for early Australian EnglishKate Burridge | pp. 295–348
Describing and complaining: Written evidence of early New Zealand English pronunciationElizabeth Gordon | pp. 349–364
Feature index | pp. 365–366
Name index | pp. 367–370
Subject index | pp. 371–378
“Hickey's collection of articles offers many rare samples of authentic writing based on numerous varieties of spoken English from various historical sources, resulting in informative and appealing reading on an area of historic English speech-based writing that is well-worth exploring by today's linguists.”
Robert A. Cote, Sharjah Women's College, United Arab Emirates, on Linguist List 22.2544. 2011
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