Evolving English WordBank
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Evolving English VoiceBank
Evolving English exhibition, Paccar Gallery, British Library, London
b. 1949, female
The Evolving English WordBank is a collection of words and phrases contributed by visitors to the British Library’s Evolving English exhibition in 2010/11 who were asked to submit a word or phrase they felt was somehow ‘special’ in their variety of English. Contributions to the WordBank include local, regional and vernacular forms and idiolectal expressions used within families or friendship groups, creating a snapshot of spoken English at the start of the 21st century.
Self-defined linguistic identity: 'educated Scottish'; born in Edinburgh; grew up in Aryshire; attended elocution lessons as mother from East Coast disliked Aryshire accent; mistakenly considered Irish or Canadian when working in Slough; now living in Aberdeenshire