“What ye divin't knaa aboot the canny lads and lasses back yem”: A Study of Language and Identity in the Geordie Variety of English
This paper concerns the close relation between language and identity and, more specifically, provides insights into the effects of the Geordie variety of the North East of England on its speakers. Dialectal studies are thus broadened to fields of society, community and identity. The pivotal points of this research are: 1) a detailed analysis of the linguistic characteristics of Geordie, not only phonetic-phonological, but also lexical and grammatical; 2) the reflection about the survey that has been conducted on Geordie identity for this paper; and 3) the combination of all these investigations in order to get a better understanding of the reasons behind the existence, maintenance and rejection of Geordie, as well as the bonds between the variety and the local community.
Keywords: sociolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, Geordie, dialect, British English.
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