Why are certain accents considered more intelligent, more friendly or more trustworthy? What kind of person do you imagine when you hear a Geordie, Scouse or Cockney accent? Is the so-called north-south divide reinforced by the way we speak? This discussion explores how far local and regional identities are linked to speaking a dialect, and will consider what the future might be for accents and dialects in an increasingly globalised age.
Professor Joan Beal, University of Sheffield
Professor Tony Crowley, University of Leeds
Carmen Llamas, University of York
Chaired by Peter Arnold, Chairman of the Northumbrian Language Society
In partnership with: