Dialect Representation in British Fiction 1800-1836

This project will develop a database as a tool for describing and analysing the representation of dialect in novels, and will record the representation of dialect in 100-120 novels published between 1800 and 1836. The database will be used to provide an account of the way in the fictional representation of dialect developed during this period, situating this account within the broader context of literary history. It will also be used to explore the ways in which attitudes towards dialects and dialect speakers changed during this period, situating this account within the broader context of the history of the English language. The project grows out of what appears to be a very simple question: why is dialect speech represented in novels? This project will focus on a period that has been particularly neglected, 1800-1836. This period is of particular interest because it comes after the publication of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Lyrical Ballads', which greatly influenced the way in which poets used dialect, but before the publication of the novels of Victorian authors such as Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte, who are perhaps the best-known proponents of the use of dialect in novels.

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Principal investigator
Dr J Hodson
Principal project staff
Dr J Hodson
Start date
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Completion date
Monday, August 1, 2011
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