The English Of Tristan Da Cunha.
(lund studies in english. 37).
8vo. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. 179 pp. In grey card wrappers with black titles and list of the Lund Studies on inside and back of rear wrapper. Number stamped on inside front wrapper. Deckled edges. A very good copy. Illustrated by 4 pages of plates with 3 black and white maps. A study in anthropological and sociolinguistics. In 1961 the inhabitants of the British South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha were evacuated to England because of a volcanic eruption. This linguistic investigation is based on interviews with the islanders conducted by the BBC and University College, London. Following background material on history and methodology, the survey examines pronunciation, syntax, vocabulary and topographical names, using the International Phonetic alphabet in the interview transcriptions of their dialect. It records the names and ages of the population according to the Census returns of 1875 and 1966. It was the first fieldwork project carried out by Arne Zettersten (1934-2015), Swedish philologist, then a lecturer at the University of Lund, who became a professor at the University of Copenhagen in 1975. Zettersten collaborated with J.R.R. Tolkien on the investigation of a medieval literary dialect of Middle English. A scarce title. (Uniavisen website).
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