A grammar of the dialect of Farnworth and district (Greater Manchester County, formerly Lancashire)
This study presents a synchronic description of the dialect of Farnworth and district. In terms of linguistic levels of description, the study consists of a segmental phonology and a partial description of the morphology and syntax of the dialect~ At the phonological level, attention is focussed primarily upon a synchronic description, which is based upon both phonetic and phonemic considerations. Secondly, the phonology contains a comparative component, which contrasts the distribution of phonemes in the dialect and the Received Pronunciation of Standard English. Thirdly, consideration is given to the less broad styles of speech which informants use. This is necessary, because different styles of speech shade into one another in monolingual repertoires, and because the methodology of working with a corpus requires that the corpus be evaluated in full. iii. The account of morphology and syntax is offered first and foremost as a part of a description or grammar of the dialect, and secondly a hypothesis is advanced to the effect that grammatical variation in English dialects is currently underestimated. It is suggested in the Conclusion that this hypothesis receives some measure of confirmation from the data presented in the study. The thesis also contains a discussion of questions of theory and method, especially as there is currently no one widely accepted approach to dialectology. Fieldwork and transcription are described at some length for the sake of explicitness, and because they determine or affect the data for the study in so very many ways.