Greater Manchester accent map. Interesting, but possibly somewhat of a summer silly season item — the sample size is 62 ‘non-experts’, the map looks like something made by undergraduates for a student magazine, and the local press’s description of the methodology seems suspiciously vague…

“Participants were given a blank map of the area of Greater Manchester within the M60 and asked to write words they associated with accents in different places. … Dr Erin Carrie and Dr Rob Drummond asked ‘non-experts’ to identify accents and dialects on a map and give their opinions about their speakers. Participants were asked to draw borders to show areas they though people spoke differently and provide words to describe voices.”

I can’t find any press release, conference paper or research article for this, either.

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