'Dialect' and 'Accent' in Industrial West Yorkshire

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This volume is concerned with one of the few thorough-going Labovian studies carried out in Britain. Based on a survey of over hundred randomly selected informants from the towns of Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield, it deals first with the methodology employed, and then sketches some aspects of the `traditional' dialects of the area before describing a large number of variables. Other non-standard features encountered during the survey are described, since these too are part of the changing patterns of speech in West Yorkshire. The final chapter draws a distinction between `dialect' and `accent' which is slightly different from that generally employed, and suggests that while `dialect' features seem to have declined under the pressure of the standard language, `accent' still persists as a social differentiator.