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Tue Jan 30 2007

Books: Sociolinguistics: Millar

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Message 1: Northern and Insular Scots: Millar
Date: 29-Jan-2007
From: Anna Glazier <>
Subject: Northern and Insular Scots: Millar

Title: Northern and Insular Scots Series Title: Dialects of English Published: 2007 Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Author: Robert McColl Millar Hardback: ISBN: 9780748623167 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780748623174 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 16.99

The Scots dialects of northern Scotland, Orkney and Shetland are among themost traditional varieties of 'English', exhibiting features not currentelsewhere for centuries. Until recently, they were spoken in communitieswhose traditional occupations have encouraged the equation of speech withlocal identity. They have all also been affected by contact with Gaelic, orNorse, or both. In recent years, however, the decline of traditionalindustries has been matched by the discovery of oil off their coasts,encouraging in-migration of speakers of many varieties of English and otherlanguages. How well have these varieties maintained their traditionalnatures at the start of the 21st century?

'Northern and Insular Scots' provides:

* An approachable description of the phonological, structural and lexicalnatures of these varieties* A history of the varieties in relation to the areas in which they are spoken* Examples of the language of native speakers* An annotated bibliography which points the reader towards morespecialised works.

Dialects of English - The Series

Books in this new series provide concise, up-to-date documentation forvarieties of English from around the world. Written by experts who haveconducted first-hand research, the volumes provide a starting point foranyone wishing to know about a particular dialect. Each volume follows acommon structure covering the background, phonetics and phonology,morphosyntax, lexis and history of a variety of English, and concludes withan annotated bibliography and some sample texts.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng )

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