Geordie voices: dialect in the North East

The UK has a number of local and regional dialects. Geordie – the dialect of Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyneside – is arguably one of our most recognisable. Listen to more than 150 audio clips featuring a range of authentic speakers and explore the vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar that make speech in North East England so unique.

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Geordie: A regional dialect of English

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

Find out more about the origins of the Geordie dialect of Newcastle upon Tyne and discover how the history of the area shaped the dialect spoken today.

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Geordie grammar

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

Listen to examples of non-standard grammatical constructions that are typical of speech in Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyneside.

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Geordie vowel sounds

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

As with any variety of English, Geordie includes a wide range of speakers – from broad dialect to speakers with only a faint hint of a Tyneside accent. Listen to the range of vowel sounds used by speakers in Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyneside.

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Geordie lexis

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

English has a rich, diverse vocabulary, enhanced by the continued use of local words and expressions. Listen to some examples of Geordie dialect words and find out more about their origins and distribution.

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Geordie connected speech processes

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

Some words are pronounced differently in isolation than in continuous speech – a phenomenon known as a connected speech process. Listen to examples of typical connected speech processes associated with speakers in Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyneside.

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Geordie consonant sounds

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

Although most British accents share the same 24 consonants, there is some variation from place to place. Listen to examples of distinctive consonant sounds associated with speech in Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyneside.

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