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  1. paul, Doric: McClure

Message 1: Doric: McClure

Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 15:43:59 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Doric: McClure

Title: Doric
Subtitle: The dialect of North-East Scotland
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: J. Derrick McClure 

Hardback: ISBN: 902724717X, Pages: vi, 222 pp., Price: EUR 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 158811130X, Pages: vi, 222 pp., Price: USD 100.00

The dialect of North-East Scotland, one of the most distinctive and
best preserved in the country, survives as both a proudly maintained
mark of local identity and the vehicle for a remarkable regional
literature. The present study, after placing the dialect in its
historical, geographical and social context, discusses in some detail
a selection of previous accounts of its distinctive characteristics of
phonology and grammar, showing that its shibboleths have been well
recognised, and have remained consistent, over a long period. Passages
of recorded speech are then examined, with extensive use of phonetic
transcription. Finally, a representative selection of written texts,
dating from the eighteenth century to the present and illustrating a
wide variety of styles and genres, are presented with detailed
annotations. A full glossary is also included. This study clearly
demonstrates both the individuality of the dialect and the richness of
the local culture of which it is an integral part.

Table of Contents

1. The North-East: an overview 1 
2. Demographic and linguistic history 7 
3. Previous accounts of the dialect 21 
4. Examples of recorded speech 49 
5. Examples of written texts 79 
References 205 
Glossary 207

Lingfield(s): Language Description, Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Doric (Language code: SCO)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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