Local talk in a global age

7/04/16, 18:00 - 19:30

The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

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


In partnership with:


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