Posted by beardbiter on February 20, 2020 at 04:03:19 user beardbiter.
In Reply to: Re: charcoal burners and adders posted by Peter Hyland on February 20, 2020 at 01:24:01:
Thanks, Peter, I got in courtesy of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, which brought back memories to me, as my father taught there in the 60s. It's a bit clunky as the journal has been scanned but quite readable.
The article itself is delightfully quirky and seemingly the product of a very indulgent editorial approach. The section on charcoal burners has little to do with the main topic of the article, which concerns Harry Bangate the eelman's apparent use of the present tense to describe past events and, more generally, the use of fiction in the study of dialect*.
The charcoal burners are introduced, more or less, along the lines of 'seeing as I'm discussing AR here's something else that may interest folklorists'. Wonderful.
I wonder if permission could be gained to reproduce the article somewhere in the archives of AR studies?
* In the original author's opinion Harry's use of verb endings is not an example of the historic present
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