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Title: Dublin English
Subtitle: Evolution and change
Written By: Raymond Hickey
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G35

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 à vis more standard forms of English.

Table of contents

Preface ix
I. Investigating Dublin English 1
Introduction 1
Collecting data 8

II. English in present-day Dublin
Introduction 27
Recent changes in Dublin English 45
Attitudes to Dublin English 92
The wider context 107
The grammar of Dublin English 115
The vocabulary of Dublin English 133
Placenames in Dublin 146

III. Reaching back in time
The history of English in Ireland 150
Letters as linguistic evidence 158
Literary texts as linguistic evidence 166
Prescriptive comments by Dublin authors 178
Early modern Dublin English 189
Medieval Irish English 194
Supraregionalisation 202

IV. Guide to the CD-ROM 211

V. Lexical sets for Dublin English 225

VI. Glossary 233

Maps 239
References 243
Index 261
Sound files referred to in book 269

"Dublin English: Evolution and Change is a unique study of a significant
urban variety of English which is undergoing major change. It offers a
compelling and persuasive analysis - backed up by a few hundred speaker
recordings - which will be of special interest to sociolinguists world-wide."
J.K. Chambers

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027248958
ISBN-13: 9789027248954
Pages: x,270
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