THE NORFOLK DIALECT
PETER TRUDGILL, PRESIDENT OF FOND
there has been a TV drama series set in Norfolk, and once
again local people have been protesting, quite rightly, about
the low standard of competence in speaking the local accent
achieved by the actors.
was good to see the beautiful Norfolk scenery, but some of
the actors in Stephen Frys Kingdom
did not seem as if they were even trying to reproduce the
did appear to be doing their best, even though they fell well
short of what we would have liked.
in a spirit of gratitude to those who did try and the
respect for our area their effort implied I now offer,
for those actors who are prepared to try even harder in any
forthcoming Norfolk-based drama, an educational checklist
to be kept about their persons and consulted before every
rehearsal and every take.
the links below to receive lessons in Broad Norfolk.
Firstly, there is the Basic
so as not to sound as if you come from somewhere else, followed
by the Introductory
to make you sound like you do come from Norfolk! Then theres
to have you sounding even more like you come from Norfolk,
and, finally, theres the Advanced
by which time even us locals may be fooled into believing
that you could, possibly, even come from Norfolk!
of luck, my ol bewties!
President of FOND
Professor of Sociolinguistics at the
University of East Anglia
Dear Column Readers (if you do sometimes),
The book of my columns, Dialect Matters: Respecting Vernacular Language, is being published by Cambridge on July 31st. Pre-order is available on the CUP site, and on Amazon [£18, €26, CDN$37]
For people in the area, the Eastern Daily Press are going to feature it on Saturday July 30th. And there is going to be a book launch in Jarrolds the early evening of Thursday August 11th.
Booking essential contact Jarrolds on 01603 660661
With very best wishes,
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Dear Loyal Readers,
This is my last column for some while. I am taking a break. I hope I may be forgiven: my first column appeared on 13th August 2012; and since 4th March 2013 the columns have been appearing on a regular basis every Monday. Today’s column is the 218th. (I have received no payment for any of them.) In case of withdrawal symptoms, you can find nearly all of the first c.150 columns in my 2016 Cambridge University Press book Dialect matters: respecting vernacular language. I am also currently writing what now seems to be a weekly column on language and languages in Europe in the weekly newspaper The New European: www.theneweuropean.co.uk/
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