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17-27 September 2020

Is the Sheffield Accent Set in Stone?

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The Project

Linguist Johanna Blakey (School of English) and local Stonemason Steve Roche have teamed up to design a carved stone piece representing the relics of Sheffield Speech. The phrases, taken from an archive used in Johanna’s research into variation and change in the Sheffield dialect over the last 100 years, have been carved into local Mouselow stone. Alongside the phrases are International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols, representing the differences in vowel sounds specific to local Sheffield Speech.

The gallery

See the finished pieces at the Millennium Gallery 17-27 September.

The Team

  • For more information about Johanna Blakey’s work, visit her staff page

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