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Lawrence: Patterns of Eastwood dialect in the work of D. H. Lawrence
The dialect of Eastwood lies at the heart of many of Lawrence’s best-loved works. It is unique to the local community in which he grew up and in which many of his works were set. In this indispensable study Hilary Hillier presents a framework for understanding the dialect, tracing the key elements of its grammar and its accent, and detailing ways in which these differ from so-called ‘correct’ English. Each feature is illustrated by examples from both Lawrence’s works and contemporary speech to demonstrate how this dialect continues to live in the Eastwood area today. Talking Lawrence reveals the precision with which Lawrence's use of language exposes significant social distinctions between his characters. Some of his most remarkable characters, truculent colliers such as Morel or formidable women such as Mrs Gascoyne, are brought to sparkling life by the language they speak. Lawrence knew these people, and he knew their language. He was able to use that language with skill, insight, subtlety and, perhaps most surprising of all, humour. Hilary Hillier's study is a resource for all readers of Lawrence, and an unparalleled introduction to this fascinating subject.
Hilary Hillier is a Fellow of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham.
Hilary Hillier is, quite simply, the most acute student of the dialect to have issued from Eastwood since Lawrence himself. John Worthen
The book will be of particular interest to speakers of other languages interested in Lawrence studies but it also provides an authoritative platform for anyone concerned to explore more fully and systematically the key meanings which always emerge when language and its use for literary purposes is at stake. Ronald Carter
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interview with the author of 2 September 2008 (MP3, 2.6Mb)