Language Variation Project: Expression of Interest
This project looks at whether our use of grammar has particular geographical patterns within England. The study is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) fellowship ('Interactions in Grammatical Systems: North-South Dialect Variation') awarded to Dr Claire Childs (Principal Investigator). Dr Beth Cole is a Research Associate on the project. We are based in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York.

We would like to have a conversation with people over Zoom who:

- were born and raised in one of four English cities: Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds, Nottingham or Southampton
- are aged around 18-25 or 60+
- have not spent a significant amount of time outside their home city or surrounding region
- consider themselves broadly 'working class'
- consider the way they speak to be representative of their home city or surrounding region

If you are interested in participating, please complete this form. If you are eligible to take part in the study, we will send you some more information about the project. If you then agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a consent form and provide some more information about your background (e.g. education, occupation). If you are eligible to take part, we will be in touch to arrange a suitable date for the recording.

Beth will have a conversation with you over Zoom for around 1 hour where you will be asked about informal topics (e.g. the local area, hobbies/interests). After this, you will complete a short online questionnaire which should last around 10 minutes. This will ask you to rate sentences according to how often you or other people in your home city would use them, and how acceptable/"correct" you find them.

Individuals who participate fully in these tasks will receive a £25 e-voucher/gift card for Amazon or Love2Shop after the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them within this form (see last question) or email us at:

You can also contact us by phone if preferred. Depending on when you call, you might be diverted to voicemail - please leave a message with your telephone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can: 01904 324504
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