Sociolinguistics

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English accents and dialects contains nearly 700 recordings showing how British people spoke and lived in the 20th century (British Library).

William Labov’s homepage

BBC Voices website – contains a wealth of materials on the spoken word and downloadable learning materials.

Language on the Move - a peer-reviewed sociolinguistics research site devoted to multilingualism, language learning and intercultural communication in a transnational world. 

Do you speak American? – a website associated with a PBS TV series from the USA.

Speech accent archive – a project by the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Varieties of English – a useful website from the University of Arizona with information on different varieties of English, such as Southern States English, African-American English, and British English.

The Language Varieties Website is about varieties of language that differ from the standard variety that is normally used in the media and taught in the schools. These include pidgins, creoles, regional dialects, minority dialects and indigenized varieties.

The Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English (NECTE) is a corpus of dialect speech from Tyneside. The website gives an overview of the project, which is based at Newcastle University.

The Talk of the Toon is an archive of local language and stories (part of DECTE).

American Dialect Society – dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it.

Some of Paul Kerswill’s articles on language variation are downloadable from here.

Some of Kira Hall’s articles on language and gender are downloadable from here.

AILA – International Association of Applied Linguistics.

Dictionary of the Scots Language – this website comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the Scottish National Dictionary (SND).

The Edinburgh Associative Thesaurus (EAT) is a set of word association norms showing the counts of word association as collected from subjects.

The Scots Language Centre site contains lots of interesting information about Scots. You can read about the history of Scots and find out about the people that speak it today.

Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English is an online publication featuring a series of thematic volumes on a variety of topics related to Varieng research.

Barbara Johnstone's downloadable publications can be found here

Linguistic Atlas Projects - dialects of English in the USA.

 

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