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Lancashire remains a culturally significant entity, despite its reduction in size owing to several local government boundary changes since 1974. This chapter begins by summarising some cultural viewpoints relevant when planning research on language variation in Lancashire. It also discusses features of Lancashire phonology, morphology, and syntax that have been the subject of recent study. In addition, it considers some possible future developments in Lancashire English, including the extent to which a single “Lancashire” label will continue to be appropriate, and sets out some practical advice about the process of gathering data in Lancashire.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching Northern English
EditorsRaymond Hickey
PublisherJohn Benjamins Pub.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789027267672
ISBN (Print)9789027249159
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2015

Publication series

NameVarieties of English Around the World
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISSN (Print)0172-7362


  • definite article reduction
  • phonological variation
  • data collection
  • cultural and historical context of Lancashire


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