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Researcher at University of Toulouse in plea to Bugle

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

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I AM a lecturer working in the English Department at the University of Toulouse II in France, and I am carrying out research on Black Country English.

My work forms part of a larger project into varieties of spoken English worldwide called the PAC project.

In order to produce as complete a picture as possible of Black Country English now, and how it sounded in the past, I am anxious to record as many Black Country speakers as possible of all ages.

The recording sessions simply involve reading two short lists of words, and a short passage of English, and then having a conversation with the person making the recording.

All recordings thereafter remain completely anonymous.

I was wondering whether you would agree to publish a request from me for interested Bugle readers to contact me so that I could record them.

I shall be in the Black Country for a short period in the near future. If anyone needs more information, I could supply them with a short text describing the project and my aims.

I was myself born and raised in the Black Country many, many years ago, and my aim is to leave behind a complete, detailed published account of the way Black Country English is spoken before I reach retirement.

With thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Dr. Steven Moore,

Maître de Conférences,

Département des Etudes Anglophones,

Université de Toulouse II Le Mirail.

steven.moore@sfr.fr

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