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Dialect Linguists

Studies of dialect

Snell Investigated the use of ‘me’ as possessive by children of different social classes in north-east England and found that working class children used ‘mi’ to be comedic or derisive in nature
Stuart-Smith Found that middle class speakers with more opportunities for contact with English English speakers and weaker social networks are maintaining Scottish features
Giles Tested people’s responses with different accents by creating two identical presentations lead by RP and lead by regional accents, and found that RP was voted higher in intelligence, but lower in traits like friendliness and sincerity.
Workman Made 48 volunteers rate female models with different accents and found that Birmingham scored the lowest on intelligence because its accent links stereo typically with criminal activity
Wood Found that status and solidarity values are the process of thinking about information about one or more other people in relation to the self
Rosewarne Discovered the technique for speaking with an Estuary English accent, saying that the tip of the tongue is lowered and the central part raised to a position close to, but not touching, the soft palette
Milroy & Milroy Found that a high network strength score was correlated with the use of vernacular or non-standard forms
Petyt Asked people questions that require answers with an ‘H’ at the beginning of words and counted whether the ‘H’ was dropped or not and found that nonstandard English and a person's social class are linked
Katz & Postal Thought that a negative "wh" question in dialect is interpreted as a request for which of two propositions is true: the declarative counterpart to the question or the negation of that counterpart
Fitzpatrick Found a collection of emigrant letters that yielded some further examples, which demonstrate that, although this construction must have primarily been a feature of spoken colloquial language, it is not altogether alien to the written mode either
Macafee & Ó Baoill Stated that the concessive shade of meaning of "and" in concessive paratactic clauses from Scottish English can also have a temporal sense as well as an exclamatory function
Lass Believed that English regional phonology and lexis are generally more salient and defining than regional morphosyntax
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