As part of the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) project, a survey and analysis of Incidental Materal collected by the Survey of English Dialects (SED) fieldworkers was undertaken. This data consists of items of interest collected by SED fieldworkers which were supplemental to the data gathered using the Dieth-Orton Questionnaire. Harold Orton had intended to produce four 'companion volumes' of selected Incidental Material as part of the SED publication programme, to accompany and supplement the four Basic Material volumes. His aim in doing so was to: "shed light upon the development, in each of the localities investigated, both of the chief Middle English sounds, isolatively and combinatively, and of certain morphological features and syntactical usages" (Orton, SED Introduction, p. 22). These volumes never materialised, and hence there remains within the SED fieldworkers' notebooks much data that has yet to be exploited.
Although much of the Incidental Material collected is of purely linguistic interest, there are also references to local customs, traditions and folklore as well as sketches made by the fieldworkers to illustrate particular notions or objects. In surveying and analysing this material for the LAVC project, documents were produced whereby data items were recorded and arranged into discrete categories in order to make them more readily available to researchers. These categories are: Language, Custom and Belief, Material Culture, Birth, Marriage and Death and Traditional Song, Dance, Music and Drama.
Links to documents produced during the analysis of the SED Incidental Material are provided below. An 'Introduction to Incidental Material ' document is available, giving background information on the SED and Incidental Material, and further details on the analysis of the Incidental Material for the LAVC project including details of the categories under which the data has been arranged, and conventions and editorial procedures followed by the researcher. The other documents each contain analytical information on the Incidental Material collected in an individual county, arranged by locality and subject category.
Incidental Material Documents
The links below to give access to PDF files of the Incidental Material Documents. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read these files.