Dublin English: Evolution and Change

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 270 pages
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The present book describes the English language in all its facets as spoken in present-day Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. It covers the entire range of its history since the first arrival of English there several hundred years ago. Apart from the evolution of English in the capital, the book also concentrates on the significant changes which have been taking place in the speech of Dublin in the past 15 years or so. The rapid change of Dublin English is seen as a correlate to the many social and economic developments which have occurred in recent years. The type of linguistic change in Dublin is driven by dissociation (the mirror-image of accommodation) and will be of particular interest to scholars working within the 'language variation and change' framework as it will to those more generally concerned with varieties of English and their specific profiles vis vis more standard forms of English.

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Contents

I Investigating Dublin English
1
2 Collecting data
8
II English in presentday Dublin
27
2 Recent changes in Dublin English
45
3 Attitudes to Dublin English
92
4 The wider context
107
5 The grammar of Dublin English
115
6 The vocabulary of Dublin English
133
4 Prescriptive comments by Dublin authors
178
5 Early modern Dublin English
189
6 Medieval Irish English
194
7 Supraregionalisation
202
IV Guide to the CDROM
211
V Lexical sets for Dublin English
225
VI Glossary
233
Maps
239

7 Placenames in Dublin
146
III Reaching back in time
149
1 The history of English in Ireland
150
2 Letters as linguistic evidence
158
3 Literary texts as linguistic evidence
166
References
243
Index
261
Soundfiles referred to in book
269
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