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Voices of the UK: Accents and Dialects of English

Synopsis
This two-CD compilation, drawn from the extensive collection of language and dialect recordings held by the British Library Sound Archive, includes 143 recordings that capture and celebrate the rich diversity of British English in locations across the whole of the UK. From Scots to Scouse and Geordie to Cockney, the extraordinary variety of accents and dialects in the UK reflects our society’s continuity and change, our local history and our individual identities. It features recordings from internationally acclaimed linguistic surveys of the last 100 years and is a unique record of authentic regional speech.

The accompanying booklet contains an essay by Jonathan Robinson, Curator of English Accents and Dialects at the British Library Sound Archives.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2010
Availability
out of distribution
Notes
Further details and a blog about the Voices of the UK project, which runs from Feb 2009 to Feb 2012, are accessible via http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/socsci/research/voicesuk/voices.html
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
dialects; English language; language development; Regional accents

Distribution Formats

Type
Audio
Format
CD
Price
£15.95
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
153 minutes
Year
2010

Production Company

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Distributor

Name

British Library Online Shop

Email
bl-shop@bl.uk
Web
http://shop.bl.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/87294/1/1 External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7735
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Notes
A range of audio publications related to the collections of the British Library’s Sound Archive. Historical topics, wildlife sounds, world music, art and literature are particularly strongly represented. There are also a few DVDs, videos and CD-ROMs based on holdings in the BL. Some of the titles are available for paid audio download.

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