Dialect in British Fiction: 1800-1836Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research CouncilSupported by The University of Sheffield
Full record including Speech Extracts
Edinburgh: A Satirical Novel.
Author Details
Author Name:Unknown
Gender:Unknown
Anonymous:Yes
Publication Details
Publisher:Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-Row.
Place:London
Date:1820
Novel Details
Genre:Anecdotal; political; satirical; travel
Setting:Scotland; Edinburgh
Period:Contemporary
Plot
This is an anecdotal first-person narrative purporting to be based on the narrator's extensive travel diaries. It is mostly set in Scotland. The narrator intersperses anecdote and observation with character sketches (in the form of chapter-long lists); these are thinly disguised real-life characters in politics, journalism, science and education and so on.
Overview of the Dialect
A range of different language varieties are represented. These include: an exaggerated German accent, a Jewish variety, a small group of Scots-dialect speakers, French. There is also some interesting metalanguage, for example about the Scots dialect being 'unintelligible to polished ears'.
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Speaker #1:Narrator (first person) - Individual
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Narrator (first person)
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Central
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:
Social Role Category:
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:
Place of Origin Category:Unspecified
Extract #1 dialect features:
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Speaker #2:Moses - Merchant
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:The Jew merchant
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Merchant
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Unspecified
Place of Origin Category:Jewish
Speaker #3:Jacky - Chambermaid
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:The chambermaid
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Chambermaid
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Assumed from Edinburgh (portrayed with marked Scots dialect)
Place of Origin Category:Edinburgh, Scotland
Speaker #4:Mr Ooronooko - Servant
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Mis S_____'s black servant
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Servant
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Unspecified
Place of Origin Category:Unspecified
Speaker #5:Archy - Bailiff
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Debt collector ('bum baillie')
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Bailiff
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Edinburgh
Place of Origin Category:Edinburgh, Scotland
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Archy, Allan
Extract #2 dialect features:
Speaker #6:Various individuals, only some named - Variety of town councillors, shopkeepers, and general bystanders
Individual or Group:Group
Primary Identity:Various individuals
Gender:Mixed
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Variety of town councillors, shopkeepers, and general bystanders
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Edinburgh
Place of Origin Category:Edinburgh, Scotland
Speaker #7:Allan - Bailiff ('bum baillie')
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Allan
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:1st person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Bailiff ('bum baillie')
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Edinburgh, Scotland
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Version 1.1 (December 2015)Background image reproduced from the Database of Mid Victorian Illustration (DMVI)