North vs. South: the world looks on

Posted on December 8, 2013 by

Earlier this month, Manchet reported on the fantastic research carried out by LEL’s second-year students as part of the module Language Variation and Change. The story has now been picked up by the mainstream media, in a flurry of coverage more frenzied even than that of last year’s Posh and Becks revelations.

The findings of Dr MacKenzie and her crack team of undergrads have already featured in a number of UK newspapers: the Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail, and the Manchester Evening News. The latter has the most extensive coverage of all, featuring a special video clip with Laurel and students Jess Fox, Gracie Smith, Melissa Bottomley and George Bailey, and a quiz you can take to see how you measure up.

Laurel has been interviewed on Radio 5 live and Radio Manchester Breakfast. You can listen to the Radio 5 interview here, courtesy of the BBC. There’s also online coverage at,, and a very nice piece from Vice, who identify the impending danger of everyone sounding like Benedict Cumberbatch.

The original survey results are still available for all to view, via the Multilingual Manchester website. And there’s more in the pipeline; follow us here or on Twitter to get the news before anyone else!

Featured image: Laurel and her team.