Fernanda McDougall on sounding too Cumbrian

Posted on November 25, 2013 by

PhD student Fernanda McDougall was on UCB UK radio this week, talking about the recent kerfuffle over a schoolteacher told to “sound less Cumbrian“.

Fernanda, who is herself a Cumbrian English speaker and works on local varieties in Barrow-in-Furness, described the school’s instruction as “a ridiculous thing to ask”.

You can listen to the full interview here on Manchet:

In it, Fernanda talks about situations of dialect levelling, but points out that new varieties are constantly emerging. They also discuss the lack of a “Cumbrian meter” to measure the extent to which someone sounds Cumbrian. (Perhaps a postdoctoral research project?)

Good work, Fernanda!