West Midlands English

Birmingham and the Black Country

Urszula Clark, Esther Asprey

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This volume focuses on the closely allied yet differing linguistic varieties of Birmingham and its immediate neighbour to the west, the industrial heartland of the Black Country. Both of these areas rose to economic prominence and success during the Industrial Revolution, and both have suffered economically and socially as a result of post-war industrial decline. The industrial heritage of both areas has meant that tight knit and socially homogeneous individual areas in each region have demonstrated in many respects little linguistic change over time, and have continued to exhibit linguistic features, especially morphological constructions, peculiar to these areas or now restricted to these areas.

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Urszula Clark is Reader in English and Associate Dean of Languages and Social Sciences Postgraduate Programmes at Aston University. She is also Deputy Director, Aston Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Diversity. She is author of Studying Language: English in Action (Palgrave, 2007).

Esther Asprey is an Honorary Research Fellow in English Language at the Aston Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Diversity. She has contributed to several edited books on language and identity.

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