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Hethersett talk on Norfolk dialect by Peter Trudgill

15:38 23 April 2012

Prof Peter Trudgill, president of Friends of Norfolk Dialect.

Prof Peter Trudgill, president of Friends of Norfolk Dialect.

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The “changing Norfolk dialect” will be the theme of a talk in Hethersett by Peter Trudgill, the president of Friends of Norfolk Dialect.

The event will be held in the Hethersett Methodist Church Hall in Great Melton Road from 2pm on Sunday, May 13.

The FOND president will talk about how the Norfolk dialect is alive and well and is always changing.

“So cum yew along to the dew,” he said.

Friends of Norfolk Dialect was founded in 1999 dedicated to conserving and recording Norfolk’s linguistic and cultural heritage. Admission is £4 on the door and £3 for FOND members.

4 comments

  • Abraham. I think you'll find it's not about being cool, but simply that people pick up the accent of the people around them. It is very likely that these people live in a community which speaks in this way. When someone with Caribbean origin speaks with English dialect, do you have the same reaction?

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    AE

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • We used to worry about the spread of Estuary English into our fine county, now all the kids sound like they're from ghettos of Tottenham....isit coz der thick!!!!

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    nrg

    Monday, April 23, 2012

  • I went to the theatre in London recently and a couple sat next to us after the lights had dimmed. The young man from the couple spoke several times to his partner and I assumed he was Carribbean from his heavy Jamaican style accent and use of slang. Imagine my surprise when the interval came and I saw a weedy pale youth and an equally weedy pale girlfriend. Both had decided that it was cool to pretend to be Gangsta.

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    Abraham

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • AE. You may well be right that this couple could have just absorbed the accent from their surroundings.However I spend enough of my life working in London to know the difference between a Caribbean accent and an affected Jafaikan patois. I also know that many young indigenous white English youngsters think its cool to try to sound "street".

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    Abraham

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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