West Midlands English: Birmingham and the Black Country

Urszula Clark*, Esther Asprey

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter provides an overview, discussing firstly the boundaries of the West Midlands area today within which Birmingham and the Black Country are situated, taking account of how they have changed across time. It includes a section on the demographic make-up of the region across time, before moving on to consider issues relating to language, culture and identity in section 1.5 on the theoretical underpinnings of the research upon which much of this book is based, particularly in relation to Chapters 2, 3 and 4 is also included. Section 1.6 then considers issues relating to research design, and the different methodologies adopted in research design and data collection and analysis by three separate projects which inform the chapters of this book.

The Geographical Limits of the west Midlands: Where does it begin and where does it end?

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (2010: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/) gives the geographical range of the west Midlands as the five counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The boundaries of these five shire counties date back to at least the twelfth century, being ancient subdivisions established by the Normans for administration purposes after the 1066 conquest. The shire counties were, in most cases, based on earlier Anglo-Saxon divisions. In 1974, as a result of population density concentrated in parts of the shire counties, a sixth county, that of the West Midlands, was carved out from parts of the three shire counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh (UK)
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages170
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7486-8580-6, 978-0-7486-8582-0
ISBN (Print)978-0-7486-4169-7, 978-0-7486-4168-0
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameDialects of English
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


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