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WHO ARE WE...?

The Friends of Norfolk Dialect (FOND) was founded in 1999 dedicated to conserving and recording Norfolk’s priceless linguistic and cultural heritage, thus keeping ‘Broad Norfolk’ alive.

...AND WHAT DO WE WANT?

Our aims are to record as many of our county’s traditional words as possible, together with sayings, stories and songs.

We also continue to campaign for the recognition and teaching of ‘Norfolk’ as an authentic English regional dialect.

We assist film and TV Producers to achieve the correct accent in drama productions set in Norfolk.

The Merry Mawkin  
THE MERRY MAWKIN  

We exchange ideas and information by any means we can employ, including the Internet and information packs for schools.

The Friends of Norfolk Dialect seeks the help of other organisations and experts in building up an archive of literature and sound recordings.

Several times a year we organise social and fundraising ‘Dews’ in all parts of the county, culminating in an ever-popular seasonal ‘Panto’ – in dialect, naturally!

If you would like to see some photos of our most recent ‘Dews’, please visit norfolkdialect.weebly.com

We also publish a quarterly newsletter called The Merry Mawkin, which is free to members, although available by post for non-members (please email secretary@norfolkdialect.com for cost etc).

DEW YEW WANT ANY HELP?

There are several ways FOND may be able to help you:

PRONUNCIATION – We are very lucky to have Professor Peter Trudgill as our President and, as an expert in languages, he can advise on derivation of words and pronunciation. Committee members are also happy to advise and help. Please remember the Norfolk dialect is nothing like ‘Mummerset’!

SCHOOLS – We want to encourage youngsters to keep the dialect alive. We have launched a Junior Trosher Competition for all school ages. We are happy to help teachers and we’ll come into school if required.

TALKS –If you have a group that would like to hear about the dialect, we have members who will give light-hearted talks.

EVENTS – We have displays and sales stock. If you are organising an event, preferably indoors, we are willing to attend events around the county.

For any of the above, please email secretary@norfolkdialect.com in the first instance.

IT’S TROSHER TIME AGAIN!

Yes, Trosher Short Story time has arrived again so get out your pen and paper – or dust down your keyboard – and start writing. And, don't forget – it's FREE to enter!

Last year we had some very good entries and the judges had quite a difficult time choosing the winners.

With the closing date later in the year – 18 OCTOBER 2014 to be precise – you’ve got plenty of time to cogitate and get your thinking caps on – so ‘cum yew on tergether an’ git yew writin’!

We don’t expect the whole story to be in Norfolk dialect, but a good tale with a smattering of the vernacular is fine.

Click here to download the entry form and rules of entry – but, please, do remember to sign the entry form.



FOND OFFICERS & COMMITTEE 2014

PRESIDENT
Professor Peter Trudgill
Email: president@norfolkdialect.com

CHAIRMAN
Ted Peachment
Email: chairman@norfolkdialect.com

VICE-CHAIR
Tina Chamberlain
Email: vicechair@norfolkdialect.com

SECRETARY
Rosemary Cooper
Email: secretary@norfolkdialect.com

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Rosemary Cooper
Email: membership@norfolkdialect.com

TREASURER
Toni Reeve
Email: treasurer@norfolkdialect.com

WEBMASTER
Ashley Gray (also Merry Mawkin editor)
Email: webmasterr@norfolkdialect.com

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Owen Church
Email: owen@norfolkdialect.com

Alan Cooper (Technical adviser)
Email: alan@norfolkdialect.com

Jean Eaglen
Email: jean@norfolkdialect.com

Lyn Fountain
Email: lyn@norfolkdialect.com

Pam Goldsmith
Email: pam@norfolkdialect.com

Norman Hart (Education officer)
Email: norman@norfolkdialect.com

Diana Rackham
Email: diana@norfolkdialect.com

Ann Reeve
Email: ann@norfolkdialect.com



LOST IN TRANSLATION?

Lost in Translation is an addition to our site highlighting the exciting Norfolk Schools Dialect Project.

The resulting pages are a culmination of the efforts of the members of FOND (Friends of Norfolk Dialect), The Professional Development Centre and the participation and enthusiasm of nine local Norfolk Schools and their pupils.

Our aim is to continue this cultural development with more schools and organisations, by supporting them – and our existing participants – in the continuation of the preservation of Norfolk’s rich dialect and cultural heritage.



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Lost in Translation; read about the Norfolk Schools Dialect Project.
 
 

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