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Norfolk dialect recorded for British Library archive
Mr Men books
Roger Hargreaves began writing Mr Men books in 1971

The Norfolk dialect is being recorded for posterity at a British Library-run project in The Forum, Norwich.

Visitors will get the chance to record their voices as part of the Evolving English showcase, which will be used to study how language changes.

"It's a great way of people celebrating their county and the way that we speak the English language," said James Carswell from Norfolk County Council.

The event runs until Saturday, 29 January 2011.

The Norfolk accent is often looked upon with derision by non-natives, but Mr Carswell believes that people from Norfolk should be proud of their heritage.

"I think that everyone should be proud of this accent, I think that we're a great county," said Mr Carswell.

"People should remember that if you visit places like America and Australia you'll see how the Norfolk accent has developed in their national language," he added.

Record words

A special booth has been installed at the BBC reception at The Forum in Norwich, and organisers want people to either record a selection of words or read an extract from the classic children's book Mr Tickle.

Roger Hargreaves' text has been chosen as it provides a perfect way to differentiate between regional accents.

"Because it's a mixture of the different vowel sounds it provides a good comparison for people's different accents," said Mr Carswell.

The final recordings will be stored in the British Library where they will be available for future generations to study.

"We have a very proud history and a very proud past. Many people move to Norfolk and we just want to see how the dialect has moved on and how it's changed," said Mr Carswell.

The recording booth is open from 10am to 5pm and is located in The Forum, Norwich, until Saturday, 29 January 2011.

Evolving English runs at the British Library in London until Sunday, 3 April 2011.



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