The Shropshire Dialect Studies – Looking Back to Look Forward
8 November 2021 - 6 November 2022
This pre-recorded talk by Dr Esther Pickersgill, Senior Lecturer in English Language from the University of Wolverhampton, focuses on some dialect studies carried out in Shropshire between 1889 and 1955 by both private individuals and subsequently the University of Leeds, as part of their Survey of English Dialects.
Dr Esther Pickersgill looks at where Shropshire dialect used to fit in to the jigsaw of English dialects 50 years ago, and will present some word maps, grammar and accent features. She will investigate relationships with the Welsh language in addition, before turning to the present day. Even at the time of the Industrial Revolution there was immigration to Shropshire, and post-World War two social mobility rose as travel costs began to fall. New Towns built in the UK contributed to dialect change.
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