Investigating what Tyneside English means to its speakers, how it does it and why

Møller Jensen, Marie (2012) Investigating what Tyneside English means to its speakers, how it does it and why. In: School of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Conference, 6 September 2012, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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This paper will discuss how language in general acquires meaning and how the function of language goes beyond simple communication about objects in the world when speakers engage with each other in spoken discourse. I argue that (spoken) language carries an additional social encoding which tells the interlocutor about the speakers’ social background.

My study is focused on a study of Tyneside English. More specifically, I have studied changes over time in the morphosyntax of this variety and am currently in the process of investigating Tyneside speakers’ awareness of these specific forms and what the Tyneside (or Geordie) variety means to them.

The working hypothesis of my current study is that as the urban landscape of Newcastle is changing speakers are increasingly looking for other ways to anchor their identity and signify local identity.

One of the tools for doing so is through the use of local language forms (which for some forms is on the increase). I argue that both social and cognitive factors play a part in allowing language to function in this way and that an approach to studying language variation and change and “language in the mind” more generally benefits from being informed by theories and insights from sociocognitive psychology.

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Additional Information: The following images were taken out of the original presentation for copyright reasons: on p. 2 an image of the Tyne Bridge; p. 3 picture of a chair; p. 5 four images of people wearing different clothing (a man and woman wearing 'goth' clothing, a man and woman wearing shellsuits, a man and woman with coloured hair and tattooed arms, a Victorian photograph of a man in clothing of the era); p. 6 arrow points right to an image of Mel Gibson as Braveheart and an arrow points down to an image of Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket; p. 8 a map of the United Kingdom and Ireland with Tyneside highlighted.
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 09:42
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2018 18:50

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