AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 4, Number2. May  2020                                   Pp.240-246

Lancashire Dialect Examination in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton

Department of English, Faculty of Letters and Languages
University of Tlemcen – Algeria

Department of English, Faculty of Letters and Languages
University of Tlemcen – Algeria


Dialect and sociolinguistics have a mutual relationship considering language, with its varieties, a tool of characterization; one’s speech expresses one’s age, cultural and educational level, gender, social class, ethnic group, etc. Literature is the artistic field that holds all existing language diversities. Hence, some authors (like Dickens and Gaskell, and many others) embrace dialect employment in standard literary works stressing on its aesthetic function. The concern in this paper is on the novel Gaskell Mary Barton (1848), where Lancashire’s dialect is generously used. So, what does literary dialect means? What is the scope of Lancashire, and what are its features? How did Gaskell employ it? This paper aims at highlighting the phenomenon of literary dialect and how authors use it to achieve authenticity.

Cite as:

AZZOUZ, A., & HAMZA REGUIG-MOURO,W. (2020). Lancashire Dialect Examination in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 4 (2) 240-246 .


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Amina AZZOUZ is a doctoral student at Aboubekr Belkaid University of Tlemcen, undertaking research in Language and Literature Studies. ORCid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3969-4818

Wassila HAMZA REGUIG MOURO is an Associate Professor at the Department of English, University of Tlemcen. She holds a PhD in Literature and civilization as well as a Habilitation. Her research interests are mostly literary and turn around Postmodernism (metafiction,
intertextuality, dialogism and narration…), Women’s writing, Postcolonial literature and the Victorian era. ORCid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5011-3551