Roots of English: Exploring the History of Dialects by Sali A. TagliamonteRoots of English: Exploring the History of Dialects by Sali A. Tagliamonte

Roots of English: Exploring the History of Dialects

bySali A. Tagliamonte

Paperback | November 19, 2012

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What is the explanation for the nature, character and evolution of the many different varieties of English in the world today? Which changes in the English language are the legacy of its origins and which are the product of novel influences in the places to which it was transported? Roots of English is a groundbreaking investigation into four dialects from parts of northern Britain out of which came the founding populations of many regions in other parts of the world. Sali Tagliamonte comprehensively describes and analyses the key features of the dialects and their implications for subsequent developments of English. Her examination of dialect features contributes substantive evidence for assessing and understanding bigger issues in sociolinguistic theory. Based on exciting new findings, the book will appeal to those interested in dialects, from the Anglophile to the syntactician.
Title:Roots of English: Exploring the History of DialectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:November 19, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521681898

ISBN - 13:9780521681896


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Dialects as a window on the past; 3. The 'Roots' archive; 4. Methods for analysis; 5. Word endings; 6. Joining sentences; 7. Time, necessity and possession; 8. Expressions; 9. Comparative sociolinguistics; 10. The legacy of British and Irish dialects.

Editorial Reviews

'This book delves into the 'treasure trove' of data that constitutes the 'Roots' corpus with the goal of answering questions that have long engaged dialectologists, historical linguists and sociolinguists who have not heretofore had the wherewithal to properly address them. The accessibility of Tagliamonte's prose is as impressive as the breadth of her comparative analyses - a feat that will undoubtedly draw in the wide readership that her work so richly deserves.' Karen P. Corrigan, University of Newcastle