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Glossary of linguistic terms. Linguistic Research Studies. Linguistic Research Studies The following studies are the best known studies of language and should become familiar to all students of linguistics.

Linguistic Research Studies

Paul Kerswill, Milton Keynes. How we study language variation. Talk of the Toon. British Accents and Dialects. Wikimedia The United Kingdom is perhaps the most dialect-obsessed country in the world.

British Accents and Dialects

With near-countless regional Englishes shaped by millennia of history, few nations boast as many varieties of language in such a compact geography. (NOTE: This page uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). What Britain's county dialects can tell us about the national character. When I examined the wonderful collection of glossaries of county dialects I realised just how monastic was the zeal with which the Victorian lexicographers went about their compiling.

What Britain's county dialects can tell us about the national character

Just as they collected the rocks, butterflies and ancient antiquities that now fill our museums, so (predominantly between 1850 and 1880) they went around collecting examples of local dialect from every county in England and several in Scotland – and even some specific industrial communities such as the mining villages of Yorkshire and Durham. I learned much about the British character through the English language. Tyne - Places - Speaking Geordie. English dialect study - an overview. By Clive Upton What is a dialect?

English dialect study - an overview

Dialect is one of those words that almost everybody thinks they understand, but which is in fact a bit more problematic than at first seems to be the case. A simple, straightforward definition is that a dialect is any variety of English that is marked off from others by distinctive linguistic features. Such a variety could be associated with a particular place or region or, rather more surprisingly, it might also be associated with a certain social group—male or female, young or old, and so on. But whether the focus is regional or social, there are two important matters that need to be considered when defining ‘dialect’.

Back to top. Dialect - English varieties of the British Isles. Introduction This guide is written for students who are following GCE Advanced level (AS and A2) syllabuses in English Language.

Dialect - English varieties of the British Isles

This resource may also be of general interest to language students on university degree courses, trainee teachers and anyone with a general interest in language science. Please look at the contents page for a full list of specific guides on this site. Back to top The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) has made this a subject for examination within a general area of study described as Language and Social Contexts.

Sounds Familiar? What you can hear You can listen to 71 sound recordings and over 600 short audio clips chosen from two collections of the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank.

Sounds Familiar?

You’ll hear Londoners discussing marriage and working life, Welsh teenagers talking with pride about being bilingual and the Aristocracy chatting about country houses. Non standard examples. Examples of non-standard usage 1.

Non standard examples

I can do that quicklier than you In English a comparative is formed from an adjective by either adding "more" [difficult > more difficult] or adding the suffix "er" [fast > faster]. In the case of "the quicker and the slower runner" the adjective would be "quick" and the comparative "quicker". List of dialects of the English language - Wikipedia. The major native dialects of English are often divided by linguists into three general categories: the British Isles dialects, those of North America, and those of Australasia.[2] Dialects can be associated not only with place, but also with particular social groups.

List of dialects of the English language - Wikipedia

Within a given English-speaking country, there will often be a form of the language considered to be Standard English – the Standard Englishes of different countries differ, and each can itself be considered a dialect. Standard English is often associated with the more educated layers of society. Europe[edit] United Kingdom[edit] English in use. Ling 131 - Topic 6 (session A) Dialects are semi-permanent language varieties of language which vary mainly according to geographical region and social class (cf.

Ling 131 - Topic 6 (session A)

Variations in English. How we speak is influenced by many things.

Variations in English

Firstly, there is learning to speak English itself, where how we pronounce our words is all part of learning how to speak and copying the speech of those around us. If we are born into bilingual families, then we may learn to speak English alongside another language. Geordie dialect. Geordie: A Regional Dialect of English Most of us have a vague sense of the accents and dialects spoken in different parts of the UK, such as Cockney or Brummie.

But have you ever wondered what exactly constitutes a dialect and accent or why they exist at all? Use the links below to hear a series of audio clips demonstrating the typical features associated with one variety of English: the Geordie dialect. What is Geordie? The Notion of Correctness. The Notion of Correctness Whether a piece of language is "right" or "wrong" is frequently a misleading idea. In practice, language may better be described as "appropriate" or "acceptable" to a given register or context. What is acceptable when spoken by a teenager may not be acceptable when written in a report by an adult. The Armstrong and Miller Show - WWII Pilots 1. Routes of English - Pitmatic. Accent film.

Voices - The Voices Recordings. How to have an Estuary English accent like me!! Received Pronunciation vs Estuary English. [separator style_type="" top_margin="-40" bottom_margin="" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""] One topic that frequently arises when teaching pronunciation & accent, is which accent to model in class. Most students aim for a neutral accent model – referred to as RP (Received Pronunciation) or BBC English, but the reality is that a lot of native speakers in the South of England (including most of our teachers) tend to switch constantly between RP and an accent closer to ‘estuary’.

Attitudes to accents - Now the AS students have done their exams, we'll concentrate on the A2 units and here's a piece from The Guardian on Wednesday which looks at people's attitudes to regional accents. It's no great surprise that we all have different preferences and dislikes when it comes to accents, but what might be surprising is how little some people like their own accent. Basing their research on government-funded radio and TV advertising, the Central Office of Information has found that respondents in some regions dislike the sound of their own regional accent when used as a voice-over, preferring other regional accents or even Received Pronunciation.

In other areas, there's more warmth towards the local variety. Tynesiders appear to be proud of their accents, according to the findings, but Brummies responded negatively to hearing their vowels on TV and radio, partly because they recognise they are ridiculed for them by some of their compatriots. " So, how does this help with A2 English Language? Attitudes. Hugh Laurie: the British accent vs the American. Yorkshire folk hit back at the BBC over dialect jibes after Happy Valley screening.

Yorkshire folk have hit back at the BBC over jibes about their dialect. The TV people blamed the Tyke dialect for sound problems on the current run of the hit police drama Happy Valley. But the message to the Beeb was unequivocal: “Tha’s wrong abaat it”. The TV broadcaster said they had worked very hard to ensure everything was audible while keeping the sense of reality and the rawness of performances. Teacher ‘told to sound less northern’ after southern Ofsted inspection - Home News - UK. The teacher, who is working in west Berkshire but hails from Cumbria, has been set this by her school as one of her "targets" to improve performance, her union said today. "You could write it off as humorous at first sight - but the more you think about it the more it should make your blood boil and should stagger you," said Paul Watkins, executive member of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers for west Berkshire, said. Estuary English 'is destroying British drama'

Sound map - Accents & dialects. Northern town names - pronunciation guide. Jump to our pronunciation guide to Northern towns with counterintuitive pronunciations (below). As a child my parents often took me on camping trips around the north of England. EngLangBlog. Slang and New Language. The New Language Archive at King's collects slang, jargon, buzzwords and other linguistic novelties and exoticisms. You can contribute your examples, or your comments, questions and criticisms to Tony Thorne, who will gratefully acknowledge you - in print, if the word or phrase you send is published.

Phonological change in spoken English. The English Language In 24 Accents. Losing our accents: are Britons all starting to sound the same? – video. BBC Voices - Accents and dialects. Short description: Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone. The BBC Voices project provided a snapshot of the linguistic landscape of the UK at the start of the 21st century by encouraging members of the public to contribute their words and reflect on the language they use and encounter in their daily lives. English Dialects app guesses where YOUR accent is from. The English Dialects app (pictured) claims to be able to guess your hometown by asking you a series of multiple-choice questions Do you say splinter or spool, or pronounce the word 'three' with a 'f' rather than a 'th'?

The answers to these questions could reveal more about you than you think. An app claims to be able to use your answers to such questions to guess your hometown through a series of multiple-choice questions. Called English Dialects, the app generates a heat map based on your answers and guesses where your accent is from. The free app, available for iOS and Android, was built by researchers from the University of Cambridge. It attempts to guess a user's regional accent based on their pronunciation of 26 words and colloquialisms. Users can either select which word they use to describe an item, or they can listen to how different words are pronounced and select the most appropriate.

Trudgill Dialect Accent Notes. The Impact Of Accents On Advertising - New Matinee Multilingual. English accents. The BATH Map (Variation) Received pronunciation. North-South language divide to disappear? Phonemic chart. Sounds Familiar? You are what you speak. Kerswill2006. Phonemic Chart: Learn the chart and type in phonetic symbols.


Table of vowels. Phonology for English language learning. Standard English. Voices - Your Voice. It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English. Did you see that great documentary on linguistics the other night? British and Irish dialects and accents - We Love Accents. Lost language of Pitmatic gets its lexicon. North-South language divide to disappear? British Accents and Dialects. What Britain's county dialects can tell us about the national character. Learn: Regional variation (and general variation terms) Routes of English - Pitmatic. Firk, town-routing and hoomble-coom-booze: A Victorian dictionary of Leicestershire words. Variation in language. How we study language variation. Stephen Fry on Room 101 - 2/3. British Accents and Dialects. Learn: Regional variation (and general variation terms) Rpvkey. English pronunciation songs - phonemic script.

English dialect study - an overview. Voices - Your Voice. Voices - Language Lab - Wordmap Results. Voices - Your Voice. Voices. Glossary of linguistic terms. English Language: Language Variation 2/2. International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Chart Unicode “Keyboard” Sounds Familiar?