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LINGUIST List 16.1984

Tue Jun 28 2005

Books: Morphology/Phonology/Syntax/Socioling: Bergs

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Modern Scots: Bergs

Message 1: Modern Scots: Bergs
Date: 28-Jun-2005
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Modern Scots: Bergs

Title: Modern Scots
Series Title: Languages of the World/ Materials 242
Published: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Alexander Bergs, University of D├╝sseldorf
Paperback: ISBN: 3895863173 Pages: 80 Price: Europe EURO 36 Comment: 2nd edition

This book is intended as a concise and up-to-date introduction to Modern
Scots, very much in the vein of the classical, but now somewhat outdated
textbooks Grant & Main-Dixon (1921) and Wilson (1926). Modern Scots is
often regarded as one end of a dialect continuum that has English Standard
English at the opposite end and Scottish Standard English somewhere in the
middle. There do seem to be (sociolinguistic) reasons, though, for treating
Modern Scots as an independent language system, rather than as a dialect of
English. Nevertheless, Modern Scots lives in close contact with English and
is (linguistically and ideologically) strongly influenced by it, so that
there is (still) an eminent danger of erosion and loss, despite Scots being
increasingly used in literary texts and the media. Outside literature,
Modern Scots can be most frequently heard in Glasgow, parts of the Scottish
Borders, and Aberdeenshire.
This study opens with a brief sketch of the history of Scots and its
present geo- and sociolinguistic state. Further chapters deal with the
phonology and orthography of Scots, its morphology, syntax, and lexicon.
Furthermore, it offers a brief introduction to features of stylistic
variation and discourse management in Scots. Throughout the text a large
number of examples from both literature and real life (spoken) Scots are
given. Three short sample texts, a selected webliography, and a
comprehensive bibliography conclude this volume.
This second edition has been completely revised, thoroughly corrected, and
updated. Some sections have been revised in the light of new studies and
data, and numerous examples from the Scottish Corpus of Text and Speech
(SCOTS) corpus have been added.
Alexander T. Bergs is Assistant Professor of English Language and
Linguistics at the University of D├╝sseldorf. His main research interests
include the history of English, language variation and change,
sociolinguistics, and morphosyntax. He is the author of Social Networks and
Historical Sociolinguistics and editor of Constructions.

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
                            Scots (SCO)

Written In: English (ENG )

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