Most of the world’s Extraterritorial Englishes stem historically from southern English dialects - Southern England having been the most densely-habited part of the country. However, the dialects of Southern England remain under-studied. The papers in this volume consider both diachronic and synchronic aspects of the dialects of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and the Isles of Scilly.
"[...] this book represents a valuable contribution to the field, which has the great merit of presenting a challenge to a well-entrenched stereotype about the dialects of the most populated part of the UK. The studies which make up this book may be followed by more comprehensive studies of these (and other) southern English varieties, in order to explore in-depth their features and shed more light on their relations with each other as well as with Standard English and the dialects of other parts of the country."Enrico Torre in: LINGUIST List 30.1609