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By K.M. Petyt

This quantity is anxious with one of many few thorough-going Labovian reviews performed in Britain. in line with a survey of over hundred randomly chosen informants from the cities of Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield, it offers first with the technique hired, after which sketches a few points of the ‘traditional’ dialects of the realm ahead of describing a good number of variables. different non-standard positive aspects encountered in the course of the survey are defined, seeing that those too are a part of the altering styles of speech in West Yorkshire. the ultimate bankruptcy attracts a contrast among ‘dialect’ and ‘accent’ that is just a little diverse from that usually hired, and means that whereas ‘dialect’ positive factors appear to have declined lower than the strain of the normal language, ‘accent’ nonetheless persists as a social differentiator.

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Comparing this with 'real' casual speech (recorded from teenagers playing games in the street) Labov claimed that the two could be treated as to all intents and purposes the same 'spontaneous speech' being the counterpart of 'casual speech' occ­ urring in formal situations but as it were in spite of them - so the label casual speech was used. Two types of factor were considered necessary for speech to be labelled 'casual', First, those we might class as 'Occasion' times when the formality of the interview situation is as it were forgotten.

E. )26 . In the case of children still at school one might not know the final educational grade. g. taking 0/A level, then leaving; or about to enter university), so were rated accord­ ingly. The few remaining were rated according to their 'probable' level, bearing in mind the type of school, the form they were in, and their expressed intentions. Income groupings are bound to be somewhat arbitrary and sub­ jective - and of course they soon look very out of date! My sixpoint scale appeared reasonable in the autumn of 1971.

Respectable, but not reckoned as 'good'); 3 = good: mainly desirable area in the suburbs; 4 = exclusive. As I noted, both these are matters of subjective judgement, but I think no-one would widely disagree with my scoring in any particular case. For children interviewed at school, whose homes I did not enter, I had to give an estimated grading for 'standard of home comforts'; 'locality' I could judge from their addresses. 3 VARIATION In our area 'h's are sometimes dropped' and 't's are sometimes missed'.

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