Baranowski’s paper sparks a media frenzy

Posted on April 4, 2023 by

A recent study by Maciej Baranowski found that one of the traditional features of Manchester speech, the ‘hoarse’-‘horse’ contrast has all but disappeared in Southern Manchester, but it can still be observed in some North Manchester speakers. You heard it here first: Manchet reported on this in early February. Other media outlets have now picked up on this as well, and while they were initially slow to catch on, they are very enthusiastic about the findings. Maciej’s research has now been featured on  ITV News,  The MillManchester World and About Manchester, as well as on Manchester Evening News. Maciej has also spoken to BBC Radio on how the Manchester accent is changing.