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Enregisterment, commodification and historical context: "Geordie" versus "Sheffieldish"

Beal, J.C (2009) Enregisterment, commodification and historical context: "Geordie" versus "Sheffieldish". American Speech, 84 (2). pp. 138-156. ISSN 0003-1283

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This article examines a range of texts from nineteenth-century Newcastle and Sheffield, both in the north of England, to demonstrate how the urban dialects of these cities, known respectively as "Geordie" and "Sheffieldish," became enregistered in this period. Features that were actually more widespread in the north of England and in Scotland were "claimed" as unique to each of these new urban dialects, and in each case, a repertoire of features emerged that continues to be cited and indeed used by speakers and writers today, albeit often in performative contexts. The article goes on to consider how awareness of a distinct "Geordie" accent/dialect arrived much earlier and became more widespread than that of "Sheffieldish" and how this is reflected in the commodification of the former but not the latter.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 Duke University Press. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in American Speech. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Sheffield) > Department of English Literature (Sheffield) > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2010 12:40
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00031283-2009-012
Status: Published
Publisher: Duke University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1215/00031283-2009-012
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8758

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