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Site Update – Dialect Word Glossary

In a recent site update we’ve added a Glossary of Northumbrian Words, an ever expanding list of words and phrases from our Northumberland and Durham dialects. Many of theses words are highlighted in our published stories and poems, allowing readers to click on a word and find its meaning. However, the Glossary is now being expanded to include new words, together with their etymology if known and an example of the word usage. You can access it from the Main Menu or by clicking here.

Tynedale Voices Needed for Local Language Study 

An international research project is asking people in the Tyne Valley to record their dialect to help in a study of the local language.

Mirjam Schmalz, of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and Sandra Jansen, of the University of Paderborn, in Germany, have jointly spent the last few years undertaking a linguistic study in the North of England after meeting through a Northern English workshop held once every two years in Europe.

Residents who wish to provide assistance should email Mirjam at mirjam.scmalz@ez.uzh.ch.

Newcastle University Student Seeks to Record Dialect

A study by Newcastle University student is looking for people over the age of 70 and who speak Geordie, to record their speech.  Participants will be required to record their experience of growing up in Tyneside and provide written answers to questions about themselves (e.g. age, gender, activities). There is an optional requirement to perform a hand-grip strength test. Each session will be carried-out in a quiet and convenient location and is expected to take about 90 minutes.

For further information contact Heike Pichler (Newcastle University) by e-mail (heike.pichler@ncl.ac.uk) or phone (0191 208 3519).