Jonnie Robinson is Lead Curator at the British Library and has worked on two nationwide surveys of regional speech, the Survey of English Dialects and BBC Voices. He is on the editorial team for the journal English Today. In 2010/11 he co-curated the British Library exhibition Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices. His latest publication Evolving English Word Bank: A glossary of present-day English dialect and slang (2015) draws on sound recordings made by visitors to the exhibition.
In this talk he will introduce the Library's audio collections, resources and services, describe a number of recent collaborative projects and present examples from the Library's sound archives that document British English accents and dialects with a particular emphasis on Midlands English.
The meeting will be preceded by the IOA Midlands Branch AGM which will be extremely brief
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