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West Midlands English: Birmingham and the Black Country

Urszula Clark and Esther Asprey


This book focuses on the closely allied yet differing linguistic varieties of Birmingham and its immediate neighbour to the west, the industrial heartland of the Black Country. Both of these areas rose to economic prominence and success during the Industrial Revolution, and both have suffered economically and socially as a result of post-war industrial decline. The industrial heritage of both areas has meant that tight-knit and socially homogeneous individual areas in each region have demonstrated in many respects little linguistic change over time, and have continued to exhibit linguistic fea ... More

Keywords: Birmingham, industrial heartland, Black Country, Industrial Revolution, industrial decline, industrial heritage, morphological constructions, immigration, social mobility, linguistic varieties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641697
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Urszula Clark, author
Aston University

Esther Asprey, author