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Title: 'Speikin Proper' : investigating representations of vernacular speech in the writing of three authors from South-Yorkshire coal-mining backgrounds
Author: Escott, Hugh Francis
ISNI:       0000 0004 5364 4758
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis employs an interdisciplinary approach and draws on archival texts to investigate representations of Yorkshire speech in the writing of three twentieth century authors from coal-mining backgrounds. Dialect representation predominantly involves the respelling of words in order to invoke the sounds of speech. This representation of vernacular speech engages with the dominant conceptualisation of the relationship between standard orthography and speech enshrined in mainstream literacy education and promoted by ideologies concerning language standards. Dialect representation has traditionally been seen as an attempt to 'capture' vernacular speech in writing with scholarship from both linguistic and literary backgrounds focussing on the accuracy of the dialect represented. However, I argue that dialect representation should be approached not as an act of representation but rather as an act of social negotiation. In this study I reposition the representation of dialect in writing as a complex laminate of social practices. Drawing on practice-based approaches to language, orthography and literacy, as well as socio-linguistic research, I position dialect representation as a culturally determined evocation of vernacular speech undertaken by socially motivated authors. I explore literature in terms of the cultural legitimacy and prestige that this cultural sphere affords socially motivated individuals, as well as in terms of the inherent cultural norms, language standards and literacy ideologies that these individuals must engage with in order to participate in this sphere. My aim is to present dialect representation as a complex act, which has its root in commonplace social interaction, and to engage with it as an act of literacy which is 'embedded in [...] oral language and social interaction' (Barton 1994: 130-136). The collected works, ephemera and public responses to the works of Arthur Eaglestone (Roger Dataller), Tom Hague (Totley Tom) and Barry Hines are explored in three case studies which explore issues related to authenticity, legitimacy and inequality.
Supervisor: Hodson, Jane Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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