Introduction

The territory lying between the Scottish borders in the north, the Pennines in the west and the River Tees in the south is perhaps the most distinct and separate part of England. Language plays a central role in symbolizing the distinctive North East identity, and this website presents research on the folk-linguistics of the region, in particular its perceptual dialectology. It also archives work on the vernacular element in the linguistic landscape, the region’s ethnonyms and several studies of salient discourse/lexical features.