By Joan C. Beal
Thomas Spence's Grand Repository differs from the various English saying dictionaries produced within the past due eighteenth century to begin with in that it used to be meant basically for the decrease periods, and secondly in that it used a really 'phonetic' script within the experience of 1 sound = one image. during this distinctive account, Joan Beal will pay consciousness to the particular pronunciations with a purpose to reconstructing what used to be felt to be 'correct' pronunciation in eighteenth-century Britain.
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1. that, whilst eighteenth-century phonology tends to have been paid relatively little scholarly attention, the exceptions to this rule are a number of monographs and articles on eighteenth-century orthoepists and works primarily concerned with the standardization of English pronunciation. These works are perhaps the most important for the purposes of this study, as, in the absence of any comprehensive study of eighteenth-century phonology, they provide vital points of comparison between the pronunciation described in the Grand Repository and that of Spence's contemporaries.
Thus vulgar pronunciation becomes a thousand times more oensive and disgusting than provincial pronunciation. When we consider how, especially after the industrial revolution, social aspirations operate, this is exactly what we should expect to happen. By Walker's time, there is no doubt that this attitude was felt pretty generally. , seem to foreshadow the works of modern sociolinguists like Labov. Indeed Mugglestone, writing with the bene®t of the insights of Labov and James and Lesley Milroy, makes exactly the same point in her second chapter, entitled `Images of Accent: Prescription, Pronunciation and the Elegant Speaker' (1995: 58± 106).
Auf Anregung von Wilhelm Horn unternommen wurden' (which . . 3d ^ 17/2/99 ^ 13:17 ^ disk/mp 32 Eighteenth-Century English all tend to follow the same pattern, dealing systematically with each phoneme of ME and its re¯exes as evidenced in the source under investigation. This means that any one historical source is easy to ®nd and follow up, but, as Pollner (1976: 2) points out, has the disadvantage of making it dicult for the reader to get an overall picture of the particular orthoepist's system.