Change in the Fisher Dialects of the Scottish East Coast: Peterhead as a Case Study

  • Robert McColl Millar
  • Lisa Bonnici
  • William Barras


It is generally recognised that in the industrial and post-industrial world, traditional dialects, associated largely with non-urban areas and traditional lifestyles, are being ‘swamped’ by the influence of (in no particular order) the written (and spoken) standard language of the polity, colloquial and non-standard varieties (with a broad geographical distribution), and socially and regionally marked varieties which exhibit mainly phonological differences from their neighbours and subsume previously largely discrete traditional dialects into a larger whole. Often, this process is termed dialect attrition.


Fishing Community European Economic Community Lexical Variation Fishing Port Broad Geographical Distribution 
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  • Lisa Bonnici
  • William Barras

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