Kennen Sie schon … die Sammlung „British Accents and Dialects“ der BL?

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Do you call a ‘bread roll’ a cobbatchbread cakebarm cake or scuf­fler? How do you pro­nounce the words cup and plant? And are you sit­ting or sat while read­ing this?
The UK is a rich land­scape of region­al accents and dialects, each evi­dence of our society’s con­ti­nu­ity and change, our local his­to­ry and our day-to-day lives. British Accents and Dialects cap­tures and cel­e­brates the diver­si­ty of spo­ken Eng­lish in the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tu­ry.

Auf den Seit­en der British Library find­en Sie the­ma­tis­che Dossiers, Artikel zu einzel­nen Aspek­ten sowie kom­men­tierte Auf­nah­men und Lehr­ma­te­r­i­al:

British Accents and Dialects cel­e­brates and explores region­al and social vari­a­tion and aspects of con­ti­nu­ity and change in the vari­eties of Eng­lish spo­ken in the UK. The con­tent focus­es above all on fea­tures of spo­ken Eng­lish that can be illus­trat­ed and sup­port­ed by actu­al exam­ples tak­en from the Library’s exten­sive col­lec­tion of sound record­ings of authen­tic speech. The audio con­tent draws on two inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed lin­guis­tic sur­veys: the Sur­vey of Eng­lish Dialects and the Sur­vey of Anglo-Welsh Dialects; and one of Europe’s largest oral his­to­ry archives, the Mil­len­ni­um Mem­o­ry Bank. These icon­ic sound record­ings from the lat­ter half of the 20th cen­tu­ry are com­ple­ment­ed by record­ings made by British school stu­dents between 2007 and 2011.

British Accents and Dialects fea­tures record­ings of ver­nac­u­lar speech in 70 loca­tions across the UK and over 600 audio clips cho­sen to illus­trate how accents and dialects vary accord­ing to place and how spo­ken Eng­lish has changed over time. Arti­cles and inter­pre­ta­tion notes writ­ten by the Library’s Cura­tor for Spo­ken Eng­lish, Jon­nie Robin­son, exam­ine note­wor­thy fea­tures of vocab­u­lary, gram­mar and pro­nun­ci­a­tion and reflect on aspects of British Eng­lish that prompt aca­d­e­m­ic research and pop­u­lar debate. In addi­tion, four vari­eties of con­tem­po­rary Eng­lish are explored in detail: Received Pro­nun­ci­a­tion, Geordie dialect and Eng­lish as it is spo­ken in the UK’s Asian and Caribbean com­mu­ni­ties. Designed to enhance the study and enjoy­ment of Eng­lish lan­guage, the site con­tains a ded­i­cat­ed Teach­ers’ Area sup­port­ing the cur­ricu­lum for GCSE and A Lev­el stu­dents and is rel­e­vant to under­grad­u­ate syl­labus­es in Eng­lish Lan­guage and lin­guis­tics and to advanced learn­ers of Eng­lish as a For­eign Lan­guage.

This con­tent is sup­ple­ment­ed by record­ings made by vis­i­tors to the Library’s Evolv­ing Eng­lish exhi­bi­tion in 2010/11, which includes speak­ers of all ages from all over the UK and beyond, enabling users to explore well-known British accents, dis­cov­er famil­iar and emerg­ing vari­eties of Eng­lish around the world and lis­ten to non-native speak­ers from across the globe.

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