On Friday, Sarah and I held a small gathering at my place where we recorded over 20 people reading this paragraph;
The UK is probably the most dialect-obsessed nation in the world. With countless British accents shaped by our history, there are few English-speaking nations with as many varieties of language in such a small space. The way we talk is influenced by many factors; our friends, our family and our jobs. It’s one of the only parts of our identity we can change without spending a penny. It creates our first impression, it can change when we are on the phone, and it makes people say ‘bath’ wrong. Whether you’re from Liverpool, London, Leicester or Bristol, we all have something unique to us, the way we talk.
This is the intro paragraph for the documentary. Our plan is to record as many people from different places around UK reading it aloud. After we have finished collecting all the audio, we are planning to edit everything together, so there are different accents saying different phrases and words. We managed to record people from all over including Plymouth, Norfolk, Leciester, Lancashire and Nottingham.
Sarah and I would love to say a massive thank you to everyone who gave up their Friday afternoon to help with our project.
Today Sarah and I had the pleasure of travelling to York to interview two of the Professors from the Languages and Linguistics Department, Paul Kerswill and Dominic Watt. We discussed a wide range of topics with both, such as the history of accents and dialects, the roles they play in our personal identities and which regional accents are perceived as the most (and least!) favourable.
Paul spoke to Sarah and I about a new phenomenon that we personally hadn’t heard of before, the Jafaican accent! He spoke to us about how this ‘new’ accent is starting to develop in the south east of England, click the link below to hear more!
We are delighted to have our first interview booked for ‘The Way We Talk’. Ros Simmons runs her own company, The Real Speaking Company, that specialises in voice coaching. She has previously worked with the BBC, Granada and a range of medical students, whilst coaching actors too. She has lots of qualifications and experience that enables her to be an exceptional voice coach, teaching both how to master a new accent or how to neutralise your own.