4th May 2016 4:30pm
Westlain A501, Falmer Campus
Dr Chris Montgomery, University of Sheffield
This talk will focus on language regard (Preston 2010) in Great Britain, and examine the ways in dialect variation is perceived by non-linguists. I will discuss the results of traditional language attitudes research (e.g. Giles 1970; Bishop, Coupland & Garrett 2005), before moving on to explore the results of three perceptual dialectology (Preston 1989) investigations looking at the ways in which the dialect geography of the country is imagined from various locations in the north of England, the south of Scotland, and the English-Welsh border.
Regard in respect of commonly identified dialect areas will be discussed both in terms of the perception of their geographical boundaries and extent, and the attitudes respondents hold towards them. Various other factors that affect perception will also be addressed, including the impact of cultural prominence on the identification of specific dialect areas, the role of proximity in the delimitation of ‘near to’ dialect areas, and the ways in which borders disrupt the perceptions of the dialect landscape.