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Title: Doric
Subtitle: The dialect of North-East Scotland
Written By: J. Derrick McClure
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World

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

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
English Language Studies
Subject Language(s): Scots
Language Family(ies): New English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902724717X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 222 pp.
Prices: EUR 110.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811130X
ISBN-13: 9781588111302
Pages: vi, 222 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149