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#123337 03/02/05 11:33 PM
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On the news tonight was a brief item about a fantastic new British Library resource, featuring a bank of recordings of UK accents and other regional speech markers. I thought some of you might be interested:

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/collections/dialects/



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Wo-ow; I just listened to the Yorkshire baker lady. Before I forget: I noticed that in this 1955 recording, she mentions a half a pound of sugar.
Golly--even though she's speaking so slowly, I have a hard time understanding some things. Owen--oven; buther and wather: butter and water; resins -- raisins; luf--loaf.

When my Yorkshire host family spoke to each other at their normal speed, I couldn't follow it at all.
Thanks, mav!


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> I couldn't follow it at all

eeh bah goom, moss't Brits feel t'same way, lass!


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Perhaps others already use this and I have simply missed your mention of it, but in case itís new to you too, I strongly suggest you check it out. There are an incredible number of interesting searchable texts available. Hereís a direct link to perhaps the most useful area for this board:

http://www.questia.com/Index.jsp?CRID=word_origins&OFFID=se1&KEY=word_origin


This takes you to the front end of all kinds of other topic searches!

http://www.questia.com/Index.jsp



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a bank of recordings of UK accents

This dialect collection was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition. I had little trouble following the Yorkshire lady*, but the Staffordshire collector really had me stymied!

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*maybe because I can sing "On Ilkley Moor Baht'At."


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http://www.acronyma.com/

A remarkable acronym finder, searchable in several languages.

(with thanks to aldiboronti @ w/origins)


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Io suis mucho grateful, mijn freund. Adeus!


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hey, didn't know you spoke Welsh!


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