Part One consists of five chapters. Chapter 1 situates dialect, and dialect writing in particular, in relation to the history of the emergence of standard written English. Chapter 2 presents the contribution of academic linguists and philologists to the study of Sussex dialect. Chapter 3 is a discursive presentation of the Sussex material contained in the Survey of English Dialects and in the Linguistic atlas of England which derives from the Survey: i.e. essentially a presentation of the most characteristic non-standard features of the county’s dialect(s) and accent(s). Material from other sources is also drawn in. Chapter 4 discusses the work of those who have written in Sussex English, whether because they could not help it or because they chose to. The final chapter is about the meaning and significance of the traditional Sussex dialect, mainly at the time when it flourished most vigorously
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