A Perceptual Dialect Map of North East England

Pearce, Michael (2009) A Perceptual Dialect Map of North East England. Journal of English Linguistics, 37 (2). pp. 162-192. ISSN 0075-4242


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This study presents perceptual dialect maps derived from a questionnaire completed by almost 1,600 people across North East England. Respondents were given the names of fifty-one locations and asked to provide numerical judgments on the “similarity” or “difference” of the dialect of speakers from these locations compared to speakers from the respondents’ hometowns. The questionnaire also invited respondents to comment on accents and dialects in the region. The numerical data are mapped, revealing a perceptual landscape consisting of three broad areas further subdivided into smaller perceptual zones. These perceptual areas are described and discussed in relation to salient geographical, social, and cultural factors. The article concludes by placing this research in the context of dialectological and variationist studies of English in the North East.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Culture > English Language and Literature
Divisions: Culture and Regional Studies Beacon
Faculty of Education and Society > Department of Culture
Units of Assessment > 29 English Language and Literature (UoA)
Depositing User: Mike Pearce
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2011 15:27
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 13:01
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/855

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