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Lez Cooke

-school education spoke ‘correctly’, whereas regional accents were a sign of a lack of education. Exploring the historical disparity in educational opportunities between North and South, Donald Read observes how the elevation of a courtly ‘Southern English’ over Northern speech patterns and dialect dates back to the Elizabethan era: As early as 1589 the author of The Arte of English Poesie advised poets never to use ‘any speech used beyond the river of Trent’, which was ‘not so Courtly nor so current as our Southern English is, no more is the far Western man’s speech’; he

in A sense of place