11 Aug 2007

Nah then lad, owt goin' on?

The BBC says; Concerns are being raised over the future of the Yorkshire Dialect. New research says our traditional way of speaking is being watered down and may eventually die out. The way we talk, what we say and how we say it, is as much a part of who we are as the place we were born. If you're lucky enough to be from the 'broad acres' of Yorkshire you'll know how important this is!

I wasn’t actually born here and, despite spending a large proportion of my life in Yorkshire, I have struggled from time to time with understanding some of the locals. As many people will know, Yorkshire is split into North, South, East & West Ridings and there are numerous subtle differences in the dialects of Yorkshire. I have experienced at least 6 different dialects in North Yorkshire alone during my time in the County. It would have been easier to understand when I first started work as a police officer if a resource such as the Yorkshire dialect glossary had been available then!

The way people talk in Yorkshire even has it’s own society. Established in 1897, the Yorkshire Dialect Society is the world's oldest surviving dialect society. It grew out of a committee formed nearly three years earlier by Professor Joseph Wright, which was set up to collect additional Yorkshire material for the English Dialect Dictionary.

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