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Standards and Variation in Urban Speech

Examples from Lowland Scots

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Abstract

<i>Standards and Variation in Urban Speech</i> is an examination and exploration of the aims and methods of sociolinguistic investigation, based on studies of Scottish urban speech. It criticially examines the implications of the notions &#8216;vernacular&#8217;, &#8216;standard language&#8217;, &#8216;Received Pronunciation&#8217;, &#8216;social class&#8217;, and &#8216;linguistic insecurity&#8217;. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods using examples from comedians&#8217; jokes, dialect poetry, formal and informal interviews, and personal narratives, the work illustrates the actual norms that speakers exemplify in various ways.

Subjects: English linguistics; Germanic linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

  • Affiliations: 1: Pitzer College, Claremont, California

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