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Whatcher Geordie

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 13th July 2016.

The presentation this week was by Mr Bill Thompson who is a member of the Northumbrian Language Society.

Bill started by explaining how he became interested in the Geordie language with its roots and influences. The origins of the Geordie dialect were shown and why this area is unique in England also what the requirements to be classed as a Geordie are.

There are 12 dialects currently recognized in the UK also the northern area held out against some of them which reduces the language contamination, the influences of each conquering race i.e Vikings, Normans etc. is reduced. The vowel sounds are more distinctive than in other areas along with the dropping of some letters which gives is distinctive sound. There was quite a bit of interaction between Bill and the members which made the presentation very interesting.

This was a very thought provoking presentation and was well received by our members.

Questions on several points were asked through the presentation.

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