Alright bab? Midlands dialect examined in public lecture

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Professor Urszula Clark

6 November 2017

  • Professor Urszula Clark to discuss how Brummie and Black Country accents and dialects have survived in modern England
  • Book your free place via the the Eventbrite webpage.

Why do some Midlanders say ‘mom’ rather than ‘mum’? Since when did ‘you are’ become ‘youm’? And how did ‘don’t’ become ‘doh’?

One of the UK’s leading experts on English regional dialects and accents Professor Urszula Clark will explore the unique features of the Midlands dialect in her inaugural lecture at Aston University on Tuesday 5 December.

Her lecture, titled ‘Staging Language: Place and identity in the enactment, performance and representation of regional dialects’, will investigate why particular features of the region’s dialect still exist and how these connect to social and regional identity at a time of globalisation and media consumption.

The event is free for the general public to attend. Details below:

  • Where: Room G11, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET.
  • When: Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm – 8pm
  • Drinks, nibbles and networking will follow the lecture

Urszula Clark, Professor of English and Linguistics at Aston University, said: “There is a tendency for regional and social dialects of British English to increasingly resemble each other, and in some cases to become ever more like Standard English, particularly in terms of grammar and vocabulary.

“At the same time, how we speak is an integral part of who we are. Features of regional dialects still persist in regions of the UK today. Why is this?

“In this lecture, drawing on my own research, I will answer this question – particularly in relation to imaginative performances and other creative works set in Birmingham and the Black Country.”

To book your free place, visit the Eventbrite webpage.


Notes to the editor

  • Professor Urszula Clark is available for interview on the contents of her lecture. To make arrangements, contact the press office on the details below.

About Aston University

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Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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