Publication details [#55185]

Smith, Jennifer and Mercedes Durham. 2011. A tipping point in dialect obsolescence? Change across the generations in Lerwick, Shetland. Journal of Sociolinguistics 15 (2) : 197–225.
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Language as a subject
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Drawing on quantitative research on variable forms across three generations of Lerwick speakers, this paper discusses how the distinctive English dialect of the Shetland Islands is quickly fading out, as younger generations substitute local forms for more standard variants.