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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: T-to-R and the Northern Subject Rule: questionnaire-based spatial, social and structural linguistics
Author: Isabelle Buchstaller
Institution: Universität Leipzig
Author: Karen P Corrigan
Institution: Newcastle University
Author: Anders Holmberg
Institution: Durham University
Author: Patrick Honeybone
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Homepage: http://www.englang.ed.ac.uk/people/patrick.html
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Author: Warren Maguire
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Accents and dialects of English and Scots in Britain have been under active investigation for many decades, as reported through the Survey of English Dialects (Orton et al. 1962–71) and the Linguistic Atlas of Scotland (Mather et al. 1975–86), Wells’ three-volume compendium (1982), and a host of detailed studies of individual varieties. There are also welcome recent signs of the reintegration of variation data into theoretical discussion (see Henry 2002, Cornips & Corrigan 2005a and Trousdale & Adger 2007 for morphosyntax, as well as Anttila 2002 and Coetzee & Pater 2011 for phonology). Nonetheless, the precise structural, geolinguistic and sociolinguistic patterning of many features of vernacular Englishes in the UK is still largely unknown.

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