Voices of the UK

Accents and Dialects of English

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Voices of the UK
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2 CDs, 1 booklet
Compact Disc $25.00 ISBN: 9780712351072 Published March 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Do you call bread a roll? a bap, barm cake, batch, bread cake, cob, scuffler or stottie? Do you pronounce the word plant to rhyme with ant? One of the most intriguing differences between speech and writing is that even the briefest of spoken utterances can reveal something about our identity.

From Scots to Scouse and Geordie to Cockney, the extraordinary variety of accents and dialects in the UK reflects that society's continuity and change, its local history and individual identities. Drawn from the extensive collection of language and dialect recordings held by the British Library Sound Archive, these 143 recordings from internationally acclaimed linguistic surveys of the last 100 years capture and celebrate the rich diversity of British English in locations across the whole of the UK.
Contents
DISC ONE
England—the North
1.–3. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 4. Making a cartwheel; 5. Shearing sheep; 6. The village schoolmaster; 7. Sheep farming; 8. Stacking corn; 9. Baking bread; 10. Mill work; 11. Trapping moles; 12. Tupping time
England—the Midlands
13.–15. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 16. Cutting millstones; 17. A thunderstorm; 18. Breaking difficult horses; 19. Work-horses; 20. Sheep farming; 21. Work-horses; 22. Mining; 23. Laying a hedge; 24.–25. Farm labour
England—East Anglia and the South East
26.–28. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 29. Black voles; 30. Shearing sheep; 31. Skating on the frozen washes; 32. Building a haystack; 33. Coleshill Fair; 34. A difficult bull; 35. Penny farthings; 36. Farm wages; 37. Public transport; 38. Corn ricks; 39. Itinerant farm labour; 40. Harvesting
England—the West Country and South West
41.–43. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 44. Cider making; 45. The Forest of Dean; 46. Childhood pranks; 47. Farm labourers; 48. Bacon pigs; 49. Sheep feed; 50. Corn ricks; 51. Clotted cream; 52. First jobs on the farm
Wales
53. Welsh farmhouse; 54. Dairy cattle; 55. Itinerant farm labour; 56. Tumbling rake; 57. Cockle-picking; 58. Baking bread and lardy cakes
Scotland
59. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 60. The Whistle by Charles Murray; 61. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 62. The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond; 63. Fou the Noo; 64. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 65. Annie Laurie by William Douglas; 66. Peck o' Maut by Robert Burns; 67 and 68. Parable of the Prodigal Son
Northern Ireland
69. The Pride of Liscarroll; 70. Parable of the Prodigal Son; 71. Norah Carney

DISC TWO
England
—the North
1. Farming with horses; 2. Marriage; 3. Family Sundays; 4. Corporal punishment; 5. Television; 6. Family; 7. Deposit bottles; 8. Fish market; 9. Class divide; 10. Prison service; 11. Community spirit; 12. Burmley football matches; 13. Decline of mills; 14. Pigeon racing; 15. Football pools
England—the Midlands
16. First wages; 17. Housing in St Anns; 18. Modern car manufacture; 19. Childhood errands; 20. Youth work; 21. Shoe factory wages; 22. Wrestling; 23. Architectural salvage; 24. Family outings; 25. Childhood in the 1950s; 26. Miners' snap
England—East Anglia and the South East
27. Saturday night dances; 28. Ipswich; 29. Music; 30. The Cuttleslowe walls; 31. Ridley Road market; 32. Deprived childhood; 33. Computers; 34. Portsmouth FC in the 1940s; 35. Early stages of a brain tumour
England—the West Country and South West
36. Daily routine; 37. Evacuated to Cornwall; 38. Truancy; 39. The gloving trade; 40. Devon's north-south divide; 41. Air raid; 42. Home ownership
Wales
43. Bilingualism; 44. Trefor Brass Band; 45. Wrexham; 46. Carmarthen; 47. Self-sufficiency; 48. Home cooking; 49. West Indian miners in Wales; 50. Holidays on the Gower; 51. Rugby; 52. Allotments
Scotland
53. Guising at New Year; 54. Leaving school; 55. Shinty; 56. Religion; 57. Butlins Redcoats; 58. A misunderstanding; 59. Children's games; 60. Agricultural change
Northern Ireland
61. Local history; 62. Wilkinson's shirt factory; 63. Moving house; 64. Discrimination; 65. Parental influence; 66. Car accident; 67. Apple orchards
Other
68. Life at Holkham Hall; 69. Historic buildings; 70. Gap year; 71. Indian food; 72. First impressions of the UK
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