Research: Accents and Dialects

“Accents are a reflection of society and as society changes so accents change,” said one of the consultants to the project, professor David Crystal. (BBC News,2005)

What is an accent ?

A distinctive way of pronouncing a language, especially one  associated with a particular country, area, or social class.
A distinct emphasis given to a syllable or word in speech by stress or pitch.

(Oxforddictionaries,2015).

What is a Dialect?

A dialect is a form of language that people speak in a particular part of a country containing some different words and grammar etc.

(Cambridgedictionary, 2015 a)

Difference between the Accent and Dialect

A dialect is not the same as an accent. An accent refers to the way we pronounce words and the standard dialect of a language can be spoken with different accents.

Examples of dialect forms in British English are:

I ain’t going to school today (standard form: I’m not going to school today)

Would you like a cheese cob -The word ‘cob’ is a dialect in parts of the north England and means ‘bread roll. (Cambridgedictionary, 2015 b)

 

  • An accent is the way that particular person or group of people sound. It’s the way somebody pronounces words, the musicality of their speech, etc.
  • A dialect describes both a person’s accent and the grammatical features of the way that person talks.

For my practice, I will investigate how Staffordshire accents will be shown through type, as I want to concentrate on how words are pronounced and Dialect may be a small part of this 

 

‘Ey up mi duck’-Dialect  is used in Derbyshire and some parts of Staffordshire (BBC, 2005 c).

Why Staffordshire?

As its not well known accent such as; cockney.

Its local to me.

Why accents?

I chose accents so I am not limited.

Words in Staffordshire: Bus-Buz-accent water -wata- accent 

mardy-dialect

Cobs-dialect

How will I do this project?

I will interview a local resident of Staffordshire to help me with source material.

I will also research further into accents and dialects. To help me further I will email lecturers/tutors to help me to further my knowledge on accents/dialects.

  • Natialie Braber is an project leader-English at Nottingham Trent University, who has done an research project examining accents and dialects in East midlands.

Research: Accents

  • Look at Clockwork orange, Trainspotting, Private eye -for different accents

 

Research on accents and dialects: references listed below:

Bibliography 

BBC. (2005 a) Stoke and Staffordshire Voices. [Online]. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/voices2005/features/audio.shtml %5BAccessed at: 12 December].

BBC. (2005 b) East midlands dialects. [Online].  Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/eastmidlands/series7/dialect_voices.shtml [Accessed at: 12 December].

BBC. (2007) Your Staffordshire words. [Online]. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2007/04/23/staffordshire_words_feature.shtml %5BAccessed at: 12 December].

BBC (2015) Local words. [Online]. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/discover_staffordshire/local_life/local_words/ [Accessed at: 12 December].

BBC News. (2005)East End Cockney accent ‘fading’ . [Online]. Available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4171644.stm %5BAccessed 9 December 2015].

Britishlibrary. (2015). Sounds: Survey of English dialects. [Online]. Available at: http://sounds.bl.uk/Accents-and-dialects/Survey-of-English-dialects/021M-C0908X0055XX-0700V1 %5BAccessed at: 12 December].

BritishLibrary. (2015) Sounds: Early spoken word recordings. [Online] Available at: http://sounds.bl.uk/Accents-and-dialects/Early-spoken-word-recordings [Accessed 20 Novemeber 2015].

Cambridgedictionary. (2015 a) Dialect. [Online] Available at: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/dialect [Accessed at: 12 December].

Cambridgedictionary. (2015 b) Dialect Grammar. [Online]. Available at:http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/dialect [Accessed at: 12 December].

Nottingham Trent University . (2015). East Midlands Voices (natalie_braber). [Online]. Available at: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/research/groups/2/home.aspx/project/151428/overview/east_midlands_voices_(natalie_braber) [Accessed at: 12 December].

Oxforddictionaries. (2015). Accent. [Online]. Available at: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/accent [Accessed at: 12 December].

Western Australian Academy of performing arts. (2015) Julia Moody. [Online]. Available at: https://www.waapa.ecu.edu.au/about/our-staff/profiles/performance-aboriginal-theatre-acting-music-theatre-dance/ms-julia-moody [Accessed at: 12 December].

Yule, G. (2010) The Study of Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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