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.
This volume contains indexes to a university library, a monastic library, two cathedral libraries, a diocesan library and three record offices. Outstanding among the manuscripts are two Wycliffite New Testaments and John Mirk's popular sermon collection 'The Festial'.
Walter Calverley was a noted English squire most remember today for his crime than his status; in 1605, Calverley murdered two of his three sons, and seriously wounded his wife. It was one of the most famous crimes of the century, and playwrights soon began dramatizing the story. One of the most famous versions was "A Yorkshire Tragedy." For years, the play was attributed to William Shakespeare; most scholars now agree that a more likely candidate is Jacobean playwright, Thomas Middleton