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.