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Query Details


Query Subject:   Contemp. Audio/Video Recordings of Cockney Dialect
Author:   Lida Cope
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics
Sociolinguistics

Query:   Dear fellow linguists,
Please see below a request from one of my graduate students (we intend to
post a summary on the LINGUIST):

For my sociolinguistics project on the Cockney dialect in popular media, I
am seeking to analyze phonetic differences between Cockney dialects in
adaptations of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and real-life Cockney
dialects. While I have been successful in finding historical research
outlining general Cockney phonetics (even reaching back to the mid-1800s),
I have so far been unsuccessful in finding contemporary examples of Cockney.

I would like to find some media highlighting Cockney (or East-End London
dialect) in some fashion, though the example must have some evidence that
it remains free from speech directors. So, live recordings would work best,
and video would be preferable – although audio is also acceptable.
Recordings of “casual” Cockney conversation would be ideal, of course, but
I don’t know how available this is to the public; otherwise, documentaries,
presentations, and interviews would work well. I would very much appreciate
any assistance in this matter.

Thank you!

Zuzana Slosarova-Elliott
ZSE1026@ecu.edu
LL Issue: 20.3239
Date posted: 24-Sep-2009



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