LINGUIST List 32.834

Fri Mar 05 2021

Books: English Dialect Dictionary Online: Markus

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Date: 24-Feb-2021
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Subject: English Dialect Dictionary Online: Markus
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Title: English Dialect Dictionary Online
Subtitle: A New Departure in English Dialectology
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Manfred Markus
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108840651 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108840651 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108840651 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary (1898-1905) is the most comprehensive English dialect dictionary ever written, documenting in detail every dialect of English in the British Isles and Ireland, as well as the USA, Canada, South Africa, and other colonial regions. Over the past ten years, it has been brought to life digitally as a freely available database resource, EDD Online, which provides access to this rich collection of dialect data. This book is a comprehensive user guide to EDD Online, showing how to get the most out of this unparalleled resource with step-by-step instructions, illustrated with handy screenshots, and an appendix containing full colour figures. It also considers dialectological issues from phonetics to pragmatics, and how searches can be tailored to specific linguistic concerns, demonstrating the interface's enormous potential to contribute to research in a range of disciplines, from dialectology, to fields such as historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, lexicography and sociolinguistics.

1. Introduction; 2. Orthography; 3. Tagging; 4. Syntax of EDD entries, and how to describe it; 5. Some practical suggestions in hindsight; 6. Interface; 7. Retrieval window (advanced mode); 8. Research issues, encouraged by EDD Online; 9. Focus on quantification: towards dialectometry; 10. Final remarks on the accessibility and impact of EDD Online.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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