International Dialects of English Archive?
My paternal grandfather grew up in Devon after spending his earliest years in Northern Ireland. I have been listening to an accent possibly a bit like his.
Radio and television and education have probably shaped ways of speaking, too. My ancestors, and those of my husband, are known to have moved from place to place over time, as I have myself. We have mixed with people from other places too.
How did the use of language by your grandparents differ from each other, and from your parents and their siblings, and from your own way of expressing yourself?
How does your current voice fit into the history of spoken English?
a Shropshire dialect?
With so many people still moving from one place to another, for various reasons, how do accents, and changes in accent, shape a sense of identity?
This is a topic for my By Any Other Name blog, especially in the name of culture.
soundscape of their lives?
If you are fortunate enough to be able to hear, how did the sounds heard by your ancestors differ from the sounds you usually notice in your daily life?