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  • 1.  
  • 2. Location within England
  • 3. Subdivisions
  • 4.  
  • 5. Consider:
    • “ There are no really sharp dialect boundaries in England, and dialects certainly do not coincide with counties. There is really no such thing as an entirely separate, self-contained dialect ."
  • 6. Some pronunciation features
    • Yorkshire speakers tend to have no contrast between /ʊ/ /ʌ/
    • It is common for the words like none, one, once, nothing, with an o in the spelling to be pronounced with /ɒ/ rather than the traditional /ʊ/.
    • Words like city and many are pronounced with a final [ɪ] although in the Sheffield area, it is more likely to be [ɛ]
    • In some areas, especially in the southern half of Yorkshire, there is a tendency to pronounce the phoneme /aʊ/ (as in mouth ) as a monophthong [aː], often represented as "ah",
  • 7.
    • In West Riding dialect, the word right can also be pronounced with the same [ee] as meet , similar to an RP pronunciation of sweet .
    • A feature particular to Sheffield and the surrounding towns is the disyllabic pronunciations of "no" and "nowt" as [ne:ɔʊ] and [ne:ɔʊt].
    • In the West Riding , plural and past participle endings that are pronounced /ɪz/ and /ɪd/ in RP may be pronounced with a schwa, /ə/ ( boxes can sound like boxers)
    • In the Barnsley area, there are some words where an /a/ becomes an /e/. For example, have is pronounced ' ev and master and is pronounced mester .
  • 8. Vocabulary and grammar
    • Definite article reduction: shortening of the to a form without a vowel, often written t'. Down the pub is pronounced downt pub .
    • The use of owt and nowt , derived from Middle English aught and naught and mean anything and nothing .
    • Many contractions ending with n't are shortened to single-syllable words, for example: dun't ( doesn't ), cun't ( couldn't ), shun't ( shouldn't ), wun't ( wouldn't )…
    • The word us is often used in place of me or in the place of our (e.g. we should put us names on us property)
  • 9.
    • Some areas abbreviate I am not to I aren't rather than the usual I'm not .
    • The word self may become sen , e.g. yourself becomes thy sen , tha sen .
    • Remnants from the Vikings include the verb laik , to play. The younger generation tend to abbreviate this to lek , however
    • The use of now then , sometimes pronounced nah then as a greeting.
  • 10. TV and Culture
  • 11. Ted Hughes
  • 12. Video