Jonnie Robinson

Jonnie Robinson
Lead Curator, Spoken English
British accents and dialects
Related Offices
CLiE (Committee for Linguistics in Education) member, Multi-Media Reviews Editor for English Today
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I am a dialectologist with a particular interest in British accents and dialects. I have worked on two nationwide surveys of regional speech, the Survey of English Dialects and BBC Voices and co-curated the British Library exhibition Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices.



  • ‘Lexical Variation in the BBC Voices Recordings’, English Today, Volume 28 No. 4 (2012)
  • ‘Voices from the Library: Investigating English through the British Library Sound Archive’, English Drama Media, No. 17 (2010)
  • ‘Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices’, Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, Vol. 22 Pt. 110 (2010)
  • ‘Sounds Round the Towns: the Future of Accents and Dialects in the UK’, Quest, No. 105 (2010)
  •  ‘The Way We Speak: Web-Based Representations of Changing Communities’, Oral History Society Journal, Volume 33 No. 2 (2005)


  • ‘British Library Sound Recordings of Vernacular Speech: They were Lost and Now They are Found’, in Listening to the Past , ed by R. Hickey (Cambridge: CUP, forthcoming)
  • ‘Voices of the UK: British Library Analysis of the BBC Voices Recordings’ (with Herring, J. & Gilbert, H.) in Analysing 21st Century English: Conceptual and Methodological Aspects of the ‘Voices’ Project , ed. by C. Upton and B. Davies (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • ‘Language Surveys’ in Routledge Linguistics Encyclopedia (2010)


  • Evolving English WordBank: A Glossary of Present-Day English Dialect and Slang (Sheffield: Bradwells, 2015)


Conference Papers

  • ‘You want like go British Library innit: celebrating vernacular English’, English Grammar Day 2015, British Library, London, June 2015.
  • ‘Ratching through Kintle for Bobby-Dazzlers: Initial Reflections on the British Library’s Evolving English VoiceBank’, OX-LEX 4 Symposium on Approaches to English Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, Pembroke College, Oxford, March 2015.
  • ‘If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It: Exploring Vernacular Grammar’, English Grammar Day 2014, British Library, London, July 2014.
  • ‘They were Lost and Now They are Found: Berliner Lautarchiv Dialect Recordings of British and Irish POWs’, Languages and the First World War Conference, British Library, London, June 2014.
  • ‘If You Can’t Talk Proper Shut Your Mouth’, Northern English Workshop 5, Nottingham Trent University, April 2012.
  • ‘Cuddy-wifters, Cack-handers & Coochies: A Celebration of Regional English’, Evolving English Public Events Series, British Library, February 2011.
  • ‘Investigating Language: Practical Issues’, emagazine A Level Conference, Institute of Education, March 2011.
  • ‘Sounds Familiar? Observing Varieties of Regional English’, NATE Annual Conference, British Library, February  2011.
  • ‘Lexical Variation in the BBC Voices Data’, Sociolinguistics Symposium 18, University of Southampton, September 2010.