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Semantic Narrowing? That's an extreme sport in Buckie...

Semantic Narrowing? That’s an extreme sport in Buckie…

I always get a bit nervous when I’m interviewing the youngest cohort, 12-13 years old, in case we don’t find anything to talk about. If I put myself in their place it’s not hard to see why they might feel a bit shy. I mean, not only am I ancient to them, but who wouldn’t...
Linguistic Chameleons

Linguistic Chameleons

We’re starting to get lots of data now for the project and have begun to transcribe some of the interviews. Some really interesting points are emerging from what we’ve got so far. To give you taste of the type of data we’re looking at, we’ve included here a few extracts from the recordings where we...
If there’s ony thing ye’d like tae ken, jist speir!

If there’s ony thing ye’d like tae ken, jist speir!

After the press coverage we were really pleased that so many people got in touch with their experiences of being bidialectal. The following comes from Margaret Tong who grew up in Buckie and identifies Doric as her first language.   My Doric I was interested in the report of- this research which I read in...
One Speaker, No (Discernible) Dialects

One Speaker, No (Discernible) Dialects

The simple question “where are you from?” has always been a difficult one for me to answer.  I was born in Scotland, but when I was only a toddler my family moved to Belgium, where we spent the next 15 years. It wasn’t until I finished school that I returned to the UK, making a...
Hold the press!

Hold the press!

We were really please with the interest the start of the project received from the press! The One Speaker, Two Dialects project had articles in a variety of different papers including: The Telegraph The Herald The Times The Scotsman The Daily Mail The Aberdeen Press and Journal Click on the title to see the article....
Being Passive helps

Being Passive helps

Having been born in Buckie and living there until the age of six, it would seem that I have a passive knowledge of the Doric dialect. At the age of six I moved with my family to Cornwall, taking moving house to new levels, right at the other end of Britain. In Cornwall, I was...