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Leith, Dick, d 2011 (linguist)



Dick Leith was a linguist and sociologist, and a friend of Hamish Henderson. He grew up in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and studied English at Oxford and linguistics at Leeds University institute of dialect and folk life studies. After this, he taught at Edge Hill College in Ormskirk, and then at Birmingham Polytechnic. He is the author of the book A Social History of English, which remains a key text in linguistics. He also collected field recordings, in particular folk tales from the Scottish Travelling Community. He died in 2011, aged 63.

Barbara Crowther, 'Dick Leith Obituary', The Guardian, 17 November 2011. [accessed 18 November 2019].

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Correspondence between Dick Leith and Hamish Henderson

 Fonds — Box CLX-A-1143
Identifier: Coll-1971
Content Description This contains notes, a postcard, and letters sent between Hamish Henderson and Dick Leith in the 1990s: Postcard showing Castle Tioram sent from Dick Leith to Hamish Henderson, dated 10th June [1994]; Photocopy of text by Andrew Morrison on 'The Green Man of Knowledge', undated. 'The Green Man of Knowledge' was a folktale recorded from Geordie Stewart by Hamish Henderson in August...
Dates: 1995-1999