Accents and dialects – Archival Sound Recordings from The British Library

It is interesting to ponder the off-beaten track a simple search can take you.

By C. G. P. Grey (C. G. P. Grey's Photography) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons As part of a random question, someone asked about the phrase “Very Few Cars Made It Up The Long Hill.” The phrase is from Professor Peter Trudgill, a sociolinguist, and was a diagnostic test sentence for classifying regional accents in the British Isles. The search on this subject turned up a wonderful thing. The British Library created a sound archive of many of the recordings of regional accents and dialects.  These recordings cover decades of culture and social life within Britain and how things have changed in society.

Accents and dialects – Archival Sound Recordings.