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.


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 



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:


BBC. (2005 a) Stoke and Staffordshire Voices. [Online]. Available at: %5BAccessed at: 12 December].

BBC. (2005 b) East midlands dialects. [Online].  Available at: [Accessed at: 12 December].

BBC. (2007) Your Staffordshire words. [Online]. Available at: %5BAccessed at: 12 December].

BBC (2015) Local words. [Online]. Available at: [Accessed at: 12 December].

BBC News. (2005)East End Cockney accent ‘fading’ . [Online]. Available at: %5BAccessed 9 December 2015].

Britishlibrary. (2015). Sounds: Survey of English dialects. [Online]. Available at: %5BAccessed at: 12 December].

BritishLibrary. (2015) Sounds: Early spoken word recordings. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Novemeber 2015].

Cambridgedictionary. (2015 a) Dialect. [Online] Available at: [Accessed at: 12 December].

Cambridgedictionary. (2015 b) Dialect Grammar. [Online]. Available at: [Accessed at: 12 December].

Nottingham Trent University . (2015). East Midlands Voices (natalie_braber). [Online]. Available at: [Accessed at: 12 December].

Oxforddictionaries. (2015). Accent. [Online]. Available at: [Accessed at: 12 December].

Western Australian Academy of performing arts. (2015) Julia Moody. [Online]. Available at: [Accessed at: 12 December].

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


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