By Peter Trudgill
Dialects is an introductory textual content which covers the foremost concerns within the box of dialectology. Dialects: * seems to be on the courting among local and social edition in language * Explores how and why diversified kinds of language enhance * Examines a variety of British dialects * consists of readers in gathering facts
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I did it yesterday. They did it, done they? What did they do? She did it, did she? Did you have any luck? I didn’t see any. Where done they go? They done it last year. 3 Here are some sentences in Somerset dialect. Work out what the rule is for using the two different types of past-tense verb forms. I did go there every day. I went there last night. I seen ’im last Thursday. I did see ’im regular. I told ’er as soon as I could. I did tell ’er every time it happened. We always did have a cup of tea at four o’clock.
Some British English verb forms burnt smelt dreamt spilt learnt spoilt leant knelt Some American English verb forms burned smelled dreamed spilled learned spoiled leaned kneeled How do different dialects get to have different grammatical structures? The short answer to this is that, just as with accent differences, differences are the result of LINGUISTIC CHANGE. We have to admit that we don’t really know why languages change, but we know that all human languages do change, and that they change in different ways in different places and at different times.
We have been very fortunate, mostly, though. 2 Which of the following sentences are ungrammatical in all dialects of English? Which of them are ungrammatical only in Standard English.? (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) (j) You done it, did you? Done she see it? I did it yesterday. They did it, done they? What did they do? She did it, did she? Did you have any luck? I didn’t see any. Where done they go? They done it last year. 3 Here are some sentences in Somerset dialect. Work out what the rule is for using the two different types of past-tense verb forms.