Building a word map of modern Britain

Words Weekend festival teams up with British Library to create a word map of modern Britain.

The Words Weekend festival, scheduled to take place in Gateshead (UK) in December 2019, has announced a partnership with the British Library.

Words Weekend is a new annual festival that celebrates the power of words and stories. Authors scheduled to appear include Grayson Perry, Nadiya Hussain, Marian Keyes and David Olusoga.

Words Weekend events will have pop-up recording booths where members of the public will be invited to record local dialect words/phrases they find interesting or amusing. They will be asked to explain how they use the word and to reflect on why they feel it is special to them. 

The recordings will be used to create a word map of modern Britain that will become part of the British Library’s extensive archive of accents and dialects.  The recordings will made available online for schools, broadcasters, universities and researchers, to explore and use now and in the future.

Source The Bookseller.