Survey of previous work

Sandra Clarke and Andrew Erskine

in Newfoundland and Labrador English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748626168
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671519 | DOI:
Survey of previous work

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This chapter provides a summary of the literature relating to Newfoundland English, from the late 16th century to the present. It outlines the contributions to the description of local features, especially vocabulary, provided by the writings of lay visitors to the region (explorers, colonizers, military personnel, scientists, clergy) from the period of initial European discovery to the early 20th century. It also documents literary representations of local dialect, which have existed since the mid 19th century. The chapter’s primary focus, however, is the rich linguistically-informed literature spanning c. 1950 to the present. This encompasses a broad range, and includes investigations of vocabulary, place names and family names; regional dialectology; social dialectology and quantitative variationist studies; community dialect studies; and (socio-) historical investigations comparing local feature use to that of source varieties in Britain and Ireland. The chapter also points to areas requiring further research, and provides a listing of web resources on local language.

Keywords: literature survey; literary representations of dialect; Newfoundland English web resources

Chapter.  5102 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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