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West Midlands EnglishBirmingham and the Black Country$
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Urszula Clark and Esther Asprey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641697

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641697.001.0001

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West Midlands English

Urszula Clark

Esther Asprey

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter shows that there are lexical items which are shared between Birmingham and the Black Country, but also that there are distinct differences. There is evidence that certain words and phrases ‘belong’ to Birmingham, others to the Black Country, and others still to them both. The data further demonstrates how specific lexical items are being used by performers self-consciously, in a more iconic or enregistered way, as emblematic of the region to which they refer.

Keywords:   Birmingham, Black Country, lexical variation, words, lexicon

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