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Local talk in a global age

Events • Linguistics • Panel Discussion

Why are certain accents considered more intelligent, more friendly or more trustworthy? What kind of person do you imagine when you hear a Geordie, Scouse or Cockney accent? Is the so-called north-south divide reinforced by the way we speak? This discussion explores how far local and regional identities are linked to speaking a dialect, and will consider what the future might be for accents and dialects in an increasingly globalised age.

Speakers:

Professor Joan Beal, University of Sheffield

Professor Tony Crowley, University of Leeds

Carmen Llamas, University of York

Chaired by Peter Arnold, Chairman of the Northumbrian Language Society

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