04 Jul '11, 3pm

Regional dialects to be stored in new wordbank #dialects #wordbank #language

LONDON - Linguists at the British Library have assembled a list of thousands of rare words and phrases from regional dialects in order to preserve them - and make them available far beyond their native area. Around 4,000 locally-used words and phrases have been contributed to the "wordbank" by members of the public who visited the library, in central London, or attended a series of events at provincial libraries, at which they were asked to provide phrases that are particular to their region. The database has been compiled as one of a series of projects connected to the British Library's "Evolving English" exhibition. Linguists are now studying them to investigate their etymology - how they came into use and the relationships they may have with other words. Once completed, the wordbank will be available for use by language academics, as well as actors wanting to perfect re...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110704-0000192/Region...

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