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East End Cockney accent 'fading' A new form of accent is replacing the traditional Cockney in some parts of the East End, research has found.

East End Cockney accent 'fading'

White youths are among those speaking in a dialect combining Bangladeshi and Cockney influences - reflecting population changes in the area. Research for the BBC Voices project found white youngsters had adopted words from Bangladeshi friends such as "nang" (good) and "creps" (trainers). Similar accent changes were also found in areas of Cardiff and Liverpool. Local identity A nine-month study of youngsters took place at a youth club in the borough of Tower Hamlets, East London as part of the BBC project into accents and dialects across the UK.

Michael Gove's grammar: former education minister is gonna rue the day he used Nonstandard English. Tensions are running high.

Michael Gove's grammar: former education minister is gonna rue the day he used Nonstandard English

The battle for Brexit is reaching its climax. The need for government ministers to sound decisive and determined is tantamount. So why does government minister Michael Gove suddenly sound like he’s speaking in someone else’s voice? In a recent interview with BBC Politics Live, the host Andrew Neil asked Michael Gove what the government would do if Labour succeeded in getting a referendum amendment attached to the deal. Gove’s answer was short and blunt: “That ain’t gonna happen … There ain’t gonna be no second referendum.” Why does the UK have so many accents?

Where we come from matters.

Why does the UK have so many accents?

Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these origins. More often than not, our use of language, especially our dialect, is an expression of that distinctiveness. In addition to distinctive words and grammatical patterns, which may not follow the rules of Standard English, people have accents – many English language ones available to listen to here – related to their pronunciation when they speak which can articulate their identity. Dialects and accents developed historically when groups of language users lived in relative isolation, without regular contact with other people using the same language. This was more pronounced in the past due to the lack of fast transport and mass media. Invasion and migration also helped to influence dialect development at a regional level.

Who am I? Why do some accents sound better than others? When a funeral planning business recently decided to open its new contact centre in Newport, South Wales, it said it was doing so because Welsh accents sounded more empathetic and consoling – beating off competition from Teeside, another popular call centre location thought to have a friendly accent.

Why do some accents sound better than others?

Everyone has something to say about their favourite accents and which ones they hate. If I asked your opinion on, for example, the Liverpool (Scouse), Birmingham (Brummie) and southern Irish accents, what would you say? 'Put wood in th'hole!' Can language unite town and gown? - The Mancunion. Do you know your mither from your mardy?

'Put wood in th'hole!' Can language unite town and gown? - The Mancunion

Regional dialect lessons have been set up by an online learning platform to help university students better integrate into the local community. Why people will beat machines in recognising speech for a long time yet.

LInks for researching regional varieties

Brummie accents 'worse than staying silent', study shows. Lance Workman, professor of psychology, revealed that results showed those who said nothing were considered cleverer than Brummies.

Brummie accents 'worse than staying silent', study shows

He added: "We paired random accents with faces and asked people to rate the attractiveness and intelligence of a young woman when reading a passage in the three accents. "We also added a silent condition where participants saw the face but did not hear any dialogue. "We randomised faces with accents in order to control for differences between faces. Women to have their voices heard in new study of British dialect  How well do you know Geordie dialect? Peter Arnold speaks up for the Northumbrian dialect. HE’S the former leader of Newcastle City Council and one time Lord Mayor who is still driven by his passion for democracy.

Peter Arnold speaks up for the Northumbrian dialect

Nowadays, however, it is manifesting itself in a rather different form. Put simply, he wants us all to fight for our identities by ‘taakin propa like’. Manchester study finds the region's accents are going strong. It's the end of the frog and toad for regional slang, says report. It’s not just Cockney that’s brown bread: a new report on the homogenisation of spoken English predicts that by the year 2066 the distinctive Brummie G – as in Birmin-gam – will have followed it down the apples and pears, along with dialect words and regional pronunciations such as Glasgow’s bampot, slarty and stooshie, and Newcastle’s neet out on the toon.

It's the end of the frog and toad for regional slang, says report

The report, The Sounds of 2066, suggests that “talking to machines and listening to Americans” will soon kill off cherished regional accents and phrases and lead to a more universally informal spoken English. It cites the probability that keyboards will soon be as dead as a dog and bone landline, replaced by voice recognition technology, as among the key drivers behind a less diverse English.

Shortened words and simplified pronunciation will bring more changes: the authors suggest that within 50 years any proud owner of a new vehicle in London may be greeted with: “Hey bruv, I totes fink that car is a booty.” London: 'Southern' accents replacing dialects, language app finds. Image copyright Thinkstock Distinctive regional accents appear to have declined since the 1950s with more people now sounding like "southerners", researchers have concluded.

'Southern' accents replacing dialects, language app finds

Results from 30,000 users of the English Dialects app have been analysed by developers at Cambridge University. People from 4,000 locations answered questions about the pronunciation of words such as "scone". Initial results showed more people now speak with accents similar to those in London and the south-east of England. More news from Cambridgeshire They were compared with dialects studied more than 50 years ago by researchers at the University of Leeds in a decade-long field study of accents, called the Survey of English Dialects. Image copyright Tam Blaxter/University of Cambridge The app, developed with researchers in Zurich and Bern, asked questions about the pronunciation of 26 words and how they described certain nouns, such as a splinter.

Bloshy, dossity and spruttled: Not a firm of solicitors but the lost words of Leicestershire. Comments (0) There have been snappier book titles, that’s for sure, writes Jeremy Clay.

Bloshy, dossity and spruttled: Not a firm of solicitors but the lost words of Leicestershire

In 1857, the antiquarian Thomas Wright emerged from his room full of dusty old books to publish his grand study of anachronistic language. The name? Deep breath, everyone... Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Nineteenth Century Which are no Longer in Use, or are not Used in the Same Sense.

It was published in two volumes, quite possibly to accommodate the title. 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. 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. Bristolian Tom tawking about 'is sexy accent on YouTube. Bristolian Tom tawking about 'is sexy accent on Youtube Comments (0) The West Country accent was named the fifth sexist in the UK, according to a poll earlier this year.

Reader's letter: Bristol accent would make millions turn off. SO George Michael was not best pleased he woke up from a coma speaking in a Bristolian accent. He should think himself extremely fortunate it was temporary most of us Bristolians are stuck with it for life. However what truly concerns me is Gareth Chilcott's insistence that the Bristolian accent should be heard on television every hour, really?

This would be the end of public broadcasting as we know it imagine can you our Bristolian presenter... "yer tis then tunnites tenawl clock nooze". A nationwide black out would ensue as millions turn off and folk run for cover. He is right about one thing – education. The Black Country shows the werld ow to spake proper. British and Irish dialects and accents - We Love Accents. A reason to mither. How we study language variation. Variation in language. The secrets of the posh accent – video. Glossary of linguistic terms. What Britain's county dialects can tell us about the national character.

North-South language divide to disappear? Routes of English - Pitmatic. Lost language of Pitmatic gets its lexicon. Norfolk schools seek to reclaim derided dialect. English dialect study - an overview. Firk, town-routing and hoomble-coom-booze: A Victorian dictionary of Leicestershire words. Is the scouse dialect dying out? Apparently we're starting to sound like southerners. You might not believe it when you listen to a Liverpudlian speak, but apparently the local dialect on Merseyside is changing. According to researchers at Cambridge university, more and more people are pronouncing words in a similar way to those from London and the south-east.