Evolving English WordBank
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Evolving English VoiceBank
Evolving English exhibition, Paccar Gallery, British Library, London
The Evolving English WordBank is a collection of words and phrases contributed by visitors to the British Library’s Evolving English exhibition in 2010/11 who were asked to submit a word or phrase they felt was somehow ‘special’ in their variety of English. Contributions to the WordBank include local, regional and vernacular forms and idiolectal expressions used within families or friendship groups, creating a snapshot of spoken English at the start of the 21st century.
Self-defined linguistic identity: born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire; lived in Manchester aged 8 to 19; then lived in Israel for 10 years; now living in London since 1966; has worked in audio-transcribing and transcribed speeches by people from different parts of the world; Hebrew, French, Yiddish and Arabic also spoken at home