This work provides a detailed account of word level pronunciation in England and Scotland between 1700 and 1900. All major and minor source materials are presented in depth and there is a close discussion of contemporary attitudes to pronunciation standards and orthographic reform. The materials are presented in three chronological periods: 1700-1750, 1750-1800 and the Nineteenth century, so that the reader is able not only to see the main characteristics of the pronunciation of both vowels and consonants in each period, but can also compare developments from one period to another, thus identifying ongoing changes to the phonology.
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Author Biography - Charles Jones
CHARLES JONES is Emeritus Forbes Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh, UK where he served as Professor and Head of Department from 1990 to 2004. He has also held the Chair of English Language at the University of Durham (1978-1990) as well as several Visiting Professorships in the USA. He was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2001-2003. His main published works are Grammatical Gender in English 950-1250 (1989); A History of English Phonology (1989); A Language Suppressed: The Pronunciation of Scots in the Eighteenth Century (1975); and The Edinburgh History of the Scots Language (1997), which was awarded the National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Prize in 1998. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000 and the Royal Society of Arts in 2003