larkella said: actually, those are exactly what I like! phonology and variation. I had a tesol idea for a while that recently got shot down, hence the frantic state. I’m actually more interested in less applied linguistics though. by the way, I love your blog.
Thank you so much! I don’t really know enough about those subjects to come up with brilliant ideas, I’m sorry. One thing that I thought of is this resource which was created by people at my university, DECTE: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/decte/index.htm
You can get access to it easily. It’s got sound files from interviews from the 60s, 90s and 00s, so it’s really good if you want to do diachronic variation stuff. The speakers are all from Northeast England, so if you’d rather pick a variety you know better you might find similar corpora elsewhere. But Geordie (the dialect) has some interesting features. One thing is that it’s very rich in glottal stops, for /p/ and /k/ as well as /t/. I dunno how much study has been done on that already but it might be good to look at them, and you could look at either their conditioning factors or maybe attitude or social factors, or how it’s different in different social settings/registers or whatever. Another is that the vowels are often very different from standard English varieties (depending on the speaker). You can find loads of info on the web - here’s a good site: http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/case-studies/geordie/
Watch ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’ if you want to hear good traditional Geordie :)
Obviously this is just one dialect, but it’s the one I happen to know about! You could pick one you have easy access to to study. If you have time you could do your own interviews and stuff.