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Basically, in a nutshell she is saying….groups of people in tight knit communities (in her case those people in Ballymacarrell (a Protestant area in East Belfast), the Hammer (a Protestant area in West Belfast) and the Clonard (a Catholic area in West Belfast) use more vernacular/non-standard forms. So in terms of regional variation this could be to do with identity as well as geography.
Her findings can also be linked to:
CLASS – her ‘areas’ were all predominantly working class with high levels of unemployment
GENDER – Women were less likely to use the non standard forms as not part of such tight knit social groups as men
SOCIAL GROUPS – If you are close to people you use similar language!
Hope this helps!
Attached is the data we will be working with next week. It would be great if you could begin looking at it and come back with some ideas.
Data – Accent:Dialect
Also, here is the link for where the data comes from. It is a great resource and explains a lot of the wider issues and concepts surrounding accents/dialects.
Enjoy – it is interesting when you start to get your head around it – promise!!
Cambridge app maps decline in regional diversity of English dialects