‘Doing Cornishness’ in the English periphery: embodying ideology through Anglo-Cornish dialect lexis

Sandow, Rhys J and Robinson, Justyna A (2018) ‘Doing Cornishness’ in the English periphery: embodying ideology through Anglo-Cornish dialect lexis. In: Braber, Natalie and Jansen, Sandra (eds.) Sociolinguistics in England. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 333-361. ISBN 9781137562876

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Abstract

In the current chapter, we explore the social meaning of onomasiological variation of the concept lunch box among males in the Cornish town of Redruth. Collected data point us towards the relevance of the Anglo-Cornish dialect forms crib box and croust tin in projecting speakers’ regional identity. Speakers with a stronger sense of Cornish identity recognise, and ultimately use, local dialect lexis more than those with a weaker sense of Cornish identity. Also, declining local dialect terms occur more frequently in careful speech styles of older speakers. We argue that this unexpected pattern occurs because, when speakers are highly aware that their vocabulary is being observed, they ‘perform’ their Cornish identity through Anglo-Cornish dialect lexis. This study also showcases a new methodological framework for collecting data which allows us to analyse socio-semantic variation.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0101 Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Justyna Robinson
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 09:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68853
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