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Cash to rescue lost local words
A project to prevent words unique to the north east of England from dying out has been given a cash boost.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded 49,400 to the Centre for Northern Studies at Northumbria University.

Words that were once a part of everyday life in the region but are now sinking rapidly out of use will be captured and recorded to prevent them being lost.

The focus will be on terms relating to domestic life, coastal communities and the region's industrial language.

'Lasting record'

The project stems from the neglect of dialect over the past century, its low status in mainstream education, and the need to talk to older speakers before the generation of full dialect speakers dies out.

It aims to provide a better understanding of how people lived and will culminate in a lasting record of the dialects collected, which will be held in an archive at the Centre for Northern Studies.

There will also be a website and three publications, one for each theme.

Community groups and volunteers will contribute through interviews, group discussions and an interactive website.




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