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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 February, 2004, 09:51 GMT
Dialect archive put on t'internet
Yorkshire's rich assortment of accents and dialects is featured on a new website from the British Library.

Based at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, the Collect Britain site pulls together two sound archives, made 50 years apart, with more than 11 hours of recordings.

The first recordings were made by Leeds University in the 1950s, and the second by the BBC in the late 1990s. Topics include football, steelwork and baking.

Other extracts from across England will be put on the website throughout 2004.

Yorkshire dialect
wick with - full of
bleb - blister
nobbut - only
ruddle - red ochre or iron oxide used to mark sheep
bonny naught - hardly any

Jonathan Robinson, Curator of English Accents and Dialects at the British Library Sound Archive, said the recordings showed just how much the way Yorkshire people speak has changed.

"Contrary to popular belief, there is still an incredible amount of regional diversity and the recordings on this website illustrate elements both of continuity and of change," he said.

The northern recordings are the first set of dialects and accents to go onto the website, which is due for completion in September 2004.

When it is finished, it will contain over 100,000 images and 350 hours of sound recordings.




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