This section provides a selection of activities and research tasks that will help you investigate speech in your own community. All the activities are linked thematically to the Changing Voices or Regional Voices sections. Links to audio clips and additional commentaries provide background information to the activities.
How is language changing in my area?
You might want to look at how speech is changing in your area, by comparing speakers of different ages. Click on the link to lexical change activities if you want to investigate changing vocabulary, or to phonological change activities if you are interested in changes in pronunciation. Explore older and newer constructions in grammatical change activities.
What is distinctive about speech in my area?
You might be interested in analysing exactly what makes speech in your area different from other parts of the UK. Click on the link to lexical variation activities if you want to investigate local vocabulary or phonological variation activities if you are interested in your local accent. Explore the grammar of your local area in grammatical variation activities or find out more about how speakers use language differently according to factors such as age, gender, social status or formality of the situation in social variation activities.