‘Pack up your blarting’: The language of the senses in Black Country dialect
Francis, Robert Mark
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AbstractThis chapter examines literary and vernacular sources to consider how sensory experiences become encoded in dialect; looking at how words change meaning over time, how the dialect remains vital, and at the kinds of sensory experiences residents reported having. I explore the Aristotelian model of the senses, relating it to words which were present in my doctoral fieldwork and broaden the discussion of these words and their history. Using speech and writing by Black Country people, drawing on poetry, fiction and spoken data I critique the idea that the dialect is in any greater danger of becoming less vital than any other regional dialect of the UK. Using current linguistic research, I consider the future of the dialect, questioning what experiences speakers may wish to encode through language in a changing Black Country.
CitationAsprey, E. (2021) ‘Pack up your blarting’: The language of the senses in Black Country dialect, in Groes, S. & Francis, R.M. (eds) Smell, memory, and literature in the Black Country. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 85-107.
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DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of a chapter published by Palgrave Macmillan in Smell, Memory, and Literature in the Black Country edited by Sebastian Groes & R. M. Francis. For re-use please see the publisher's terms and conditions: https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/policies/accepted-manuscript-terms