Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Dialect in films: examples of south yorkshire grammatical and lexical features from ken loach films

Kizzi Edensor


This paper focuses on the English dialect in South Yorkshire, examining both traditional and more mainstream aspects over a period of thirty years. The hypothesis behind this study is that the degree or broadness of dialect decreases throughout the years, tending towards a more levelled, less regionally marked English. The corpus consists of scenes taken from three films directed by Ken Loach, they are: Kes (1969), Looks and Smiles (1981) and The Navigators (2001). It seems important to study traditional and to discover which changes can be observed over this period of time.

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