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PETER TRUDGILL’S WEEKLY COLUMN
IN THE EDP

2012

NOVEMBER

IT’S RIGHT UP OUR STREET TO TALK LIKE THIS (Courtesy: EDP, 21 November 2012)
THOSE COASTAL FOLK REALLY KNEW THEIR SANFER (Courtesy: EDP, 27 November 2012)

DECEMBER

REAL MEANING OF WORDS – ASS A RUMM’UN (Courtesy: EDP, 5 December 2012)
SOME NAMES ARE JUST NOT MEANT TO CHANGE (Courtesy: EDP, 17 December 2012)
HOW’S THIS FOR A NORFOLK QUADRUPLE NEGATIVE? (Courtesy: EDP, 26 December 2012)

2013

JANUARY

STRANGERS WHO MADE OUR GREAT CITY WHAT IT IS (Courtesy: EDP, 4 January 2013)
A SENSE OF HUMOUR THAT’S NOT FOR OUTSIDERS (Courtesy: EDP, 14 January 2013)
CONFUSION CREATED OVER ‘ME’ AND ’MYSELF’ (Courtesy: EDP, 30 January 2013)

FEBRUARY

WHAT’S IN A NAME? WELL, QUITE A LOT, ACTUALLY (Courtesy: EDP, 20 February 2013)

MARCH

TO ‘T’ OR NOT TO ‘T’? THA’S A NORFOLK QUESTION (Courtesy: EDP, 4 March 2013)
NORFOLK AND ROMANY? NOW THAT IS A RUMM’UN (Courtesy: EDP, 11 March 2013)
DECLINE IN LOCAL ACCENT IS A SIGN OF THE TIMES (Courtesy: EDP, 20 March 2013)
OUR VOWEL HABITS SET US APART FROM THE REST (Courtesy: EDP, 26 March 2013)

APRIL

SO WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE RULES OF ENGLISH? (Courtesy: EDP, 1 April 2013)
BLAME BUSINESS SCHOOLS FOR LANGUAGE BARRIER (Courtesy: EDP, 23 April 2013)
NAMES CHANGE, BUT STORIES STAY THE SAME! (Courtesy: EDP, 30 April 2013)

MAY

RULES OF PRONUNCIATION TAUGHT AT URT SCHOOL (Courtesy: EDP, 6 May 2013)
WE'VE ALL FORGOTTEN OUR WESKETS (Courtesy: EDP, 13 May 2013)
TOGETHERNESS IS DIFFERENT HERE (Courtesy: EDP, 20 May 2013)

JUNE

IF IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT (Courtesy: EDP, 6 June 2013)
HAIR IT IS (Courtesy: EDP, 17 June 2013)
HAVING A NOSE FROM WHAT A WORD MEANS FROM ITS SOUND (Courtesy: EDP, 24 June 2013)

JULY

ANNE STOOPED TO CONKER! (Courtesy: EDP, 8 July 2013)
FASCINATING WAYS LANGUAGES EVENTUALLY EVOLVE (Courtesy: EDP, 15 July 2013)
WHY THERE SHOULD BE MORE CHANCES TO USE THE WORD ‘LESS’(Courtesy: EDP, 22 July 2013)
IT'S WORTH LISTENING TO ‘HOOTS’ – FOR ‘MANNY’ REASONS (Courtesy: EDP, 29 July 2013)

AUGUST

FROM SQUATTERS TO LANDOWNERS,,, THIS NAME HAS A STORY (Courtesy: EDP, 5 August 2013)
BIG WORDS DON’T IMPRESS ANYONE – THEY'RE JUST CONFUSING (Courtesy: EDP, 12 Aug 2013)
GRANNY ALWAYS SAID ‘CLAY’ (Courtesy: EDP, 19 August 2013)
PEOPLE IN NORFOLK KNOW THEIR ENGLISH PHONOTACTICS (Courtesy: EDP, 26 August 2013)

SEPTEMBER

WHAT YOU SAY AND WHAT WE HEAR MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE (Courtesy: EDP, 2 Sept 2013)
VE FING IS... VIS LANGUAGE HAS GONE FROUGH SOME CHANGES (Courtesy: EDP, 9 Sept 2013)
MOST OF US GO WITH THE FLOW (Courtesy: EDP, 16 Sept 2013)
CLUE TO IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE LIES IN THE UPBRINGING (Courtesy: EDP, 23 Sept 2013)
NORFOLK DIALECT COULD MAKE ENGLISH GRAMMAR CLEARER (Courtesy: EDP, 30 Sept 2013)

OCTOBER

CAN WORDS ENDING IN ‘MAN’ APPLY EQUALLY TO WOMEN? (Courtesy: EDP, 7 Oct 2013)
PUNCTUATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SPELLING (Courtesy: EDP, 14 Oct 2013)
WORLD OF MANY FLAGS – ENGLISH IS THE WORLD LANGUAGE (Courtesy: EDP, 21 Oct 2013)

NOVEMBER

USE YOUR LOAF AND TAKE A BUTCHER'S (Courtesy: EDP, 4 Nov 2013)
WELL, THESE DISCOURSE MARKERS CAN MEAN A LOT OF THINGS (Courtesy: EDP, 18 Nov 2013)
THE ART OF TALKING CORRECT NORWICH (Courtesy: EDP, 25 Nov 2013)

DECEMBER

AND THERE ARE RULES BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE FOR (Courtesy: EDP, 2 Dec 2013)
LANGUAGE DEATH IS THE BIGGEST CULTURAL TRAGEDY (Courtesy: EDP, 9 Dec 2013)
IT'S ALL IN A NAME - AND THERE ARE SO MANY VARIATIONS (Courtesy: EDP, 16 Dec 2013)
WONDERFUL GRAMMAR IS SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED (Courtesy: EDP, 23 Dec 2013)
IWAN HAS A WAY WITH WORDS AS WELL AS WITH A FOOTBALL (Courtesy: EDP, 30 Dec 2013)

2014

JANUARY

FIVE REASONS TO MAKE YOU MORE CHEERFUL (Courtesy: EDP, 6 Jan 2014)
RIVER NAMES SHOW DIFFERENCE IN ANGLO-SAXON (Courtesy: EDP, 13 Jan 2014)
FINGS AIN’T WOT THEY USED TO BE IN ENGLISH (Courtesy: EDP, 20 Jan 2014)
DIALECT WORDS SUFFER FROM ‘LEXICAL ATTRITION’ (Courtesy: EDP, 27 Jan 2014)

FEBRUARY

OLYMPIC VENUE HAS A LINK TO A PAST LANGUAGE (Courtesy: EDP, 10 Feb 2014)
TRACING OUR COUNTY'S PAST LINKS (Courtesy: EDP, 17 Feb 2014)
TIME TO GET NORFOLK PRONUNCIATION RIGHT (Courtesy: EDP, 24 Feb 2014)

MARCH

WE EAST ANGLIANS REALLY ARE A DIVERSE BUNCH (Courtesy: EDP, 3 March 2014)
DIALECT NAMES FOR A DONKEY (Courtesy: EDP, 10 March 2014)
FATHER'S ART REMINDS ME OF PREJUDICE HE FACED (Courtesy: EDP, 17 March 2014)
HOW OUR DIALECT MAKES GRAMMAR CLEARER (Courtesy: EDP, 24 March 2014)
THE DAY MUM WAS TALKING A LOAD OF 'TOSH' (Courtesy: EDP, 31 March 2014)

APRIL

REMEMBER YOUR VOWELS – A, E, I, O, U AND SCHWA (Courtesy: EDP, 7 April 2014)
A BONUS LETTER! (Courtesy: EDP, 7 April 2014)
THE ONLY CRIME IS THE ATTACK ON NATIVE DIALECTS (Courtesy: EDP, 14 April 2014)
THETFORD SHARES A LOT WITH THE GERMANS (Courtesy: EDP, 21 April 2014)
IT STILL MATTERS HOW YOU SAY IT (Courtesy: EDP, 28 April 2014)

MAY

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EAT FRUIT IN THE AFTERNOON? (Courtesy: EDP, 5 May 2014)
HISTORY OF THIS ANCIENT STREET IS A PIECE OF CAKE (Courtesy: EDP, 12 May 2014)
PRONUNCIATION PROBLEMS ARE A PART OF NORFOLK LIFE (Courtesy: EDP, 19 May 2014)
OUR PLACE-NAMES DESERVE RESPECT (Courtesy: EDP, 26 May 2014)

JUNE

DROPPING SYLLABLES IS CORRECT (Courtesy: EDP, 2 June 2014)
COUNTRIES AT ODDS HAVE SIMILAR LANGUAGES (Courtesy: EDP, 9 June 2014)
SO, MR GOVE, DO YOU KNOW WHAT AN ADVERB IS? (Courtesy: EDP, 16 June 2014)
MEMORIES OF A SPECIAL DAY IN SWARDESTON (Courtesy: EDP, 23 June 2014)
WHY IS 'ON' USED FOR 'OF' IN OUR DIALECT? (Courtesy: EDP, 30 June 2014)

JULY

ENJOYING A MARDLE IS QUITE A NEW CONCEPT (Courtesy: EDP, 6 July 2014)
HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN (Courtesy: EDP, 14 July 2014)
SPEAK OUT AND BE PROUD OF YOUR ACCENT (Courtesy: EDP, 21 July 2014)*
AMERICANS ARE ADOPTING BRITICISMS (Courtesy: EDP, 28 July 2014)*

*Plus an extra article by Rowan Mantell, EDP correspondent:
AN ACCENT ON HOW WE SPEAK CAN BE STRESSFUL (Courtesy: EDP, 12 July 2014)

AUGUST

THERE'S NO G TO DROP WHEN YOU'RE TALKIN (Courtesy: EDP, 4 August 2014)
CHILDREN SHOULD NOT FEEL INSECURE ABOUT SPEECH (Courtesy: EDP, 11 August 2014)
SET APART BY THEIR LANGUAGE AS WELL AS RELIGION (Courtesy: EDP, 18 August 2014)
DON'T BLAME THE AMERICANS, THIS IS OUR OWN FAULT (Courtesy: EDP, 25 August 2014)

SEPTEMBER

OUR DIALECT IS JUST AS LYRICAL AS ANY OTHER (Courtesy: EDP, 1 September 2014)
WHAT’S IN A NAME? A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE (Courtesy: EDP, 15 September 2014)
WHY WE PUT THE ‘GREAT’ IN MANY PLACENAMES (Courtesy: EDP, 22 September 2014)
OVERCOMING COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS (Courtesy: EDP, 29 September 2014)

OCTOBER

LEARN A LANGUAGE - MAYBE NOT MANDARIN (Courtesy: EDP, 6 October 2014)
THE MYSTERIOUS TALE OF WIVETON BRIDGE (Courtesy: EDP, 13 October 2014)
SMELLY CITY DRAINS MADE UNPLEASANT NEWS (Courtesy: EDP, 20 October 2014)
LANGUAGE CHANGES AROUND US (Courtesy: EDP, 27 October 2014) *

*Plus a letter which appeared in the EDP, 1 November 2014:
A FLEXIBLE LANGUAGE

NOVEMBER

SPEAKING ‘PROPERLY’ ISN’T NECESSARILY CORRECT (Courtesy: EDP, 3 November 2014)
I STAND BY MY VIEWS ON LOCAL PLACE NAMES (Courtesy: EDP, 10 November 2014)
IT’S ALL GREEK TO US, SAID THE ANCIENT ROMANS (Courtesy: EDP, 17 November 2014)
LIKE A WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL (Courtesy: EDP, 24 November 2014)

DECEMBER

WE MAY SPEAK WITH A NORFOLK ACCENT BUT... (Courtesy: EDP, 1 December 2014)
BORROWING WORDS OFFERS FOOD FOR THOUGHT (Courtesy: EDP, 8 December 2014)
SPEAK OUT LOUD AND PROUD (Courtesy: EDP, 15 December 2014)
BLAME THE PREJUDICE - NOT THE WORDS (Courtesy: EDP, 22 December 2014)
HOW THIS WORD WASHED UP IN OUR REGION (Courtesy: EDP, 29 December 2014)

2015

JANUARY

THERE’S PLE’Y TO LIKE ABOUT OUR PRONUNCIATION (Courtesy: EDP, 5 Jan 2015)
SOME RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN (Courtesy: EDP, 12 Jan 2015)
WE'VE ALL GOT AN ACCENT (Courtesy: EDP, 19 Jan 2015)
THE DEMONIC DOG WITH AN ALL EAST ANGLIAN NAME (Courtesy: EDP, 26 Jan 2015)

FEBRUARY

SUCH A SMALL WORD WITH A BIG STORY BEHIND IT (Courtesy: EDP, 2 Feb 2015)
IT'S WHAT YOU SAY, NOT HOW YOU SAY IT! (Courtesy: EDP, 9 Feb 2015)
MAPS SHOW CHANGING IMPORTANCE (Courtesy: EDP, 16 Feb 2015)
JUST SPEAKING ENGLISH IS NOT ENOUGH (Courtesy: EDP, 23 Feb 2015)

MARCH

SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY LEADS TO TOILET CLOSURES (Courtesy: EDP, 2 March 2015)
THE TIMES THEY AREN’T A-CHANGIN’ (Courtesy: EDP, 9 March 2015)
IGNORING FOIBLES OF SPEECH (Courtesy: EDP, 16 March 2015)
FAMILIAL WORDS SUGGEST A PARENT LANGUAGE (Courtesy: EDP, 23 March 2015)
THOSE NORMANS HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR (Courtesy: EDP, 30 March 2015)

APRIL

THE LONG JOURNEY OF A SURNAME Courtesy: EDP, 6 April 2015)
NORFOLK VILLAGE NAMED BY TRAUMATIC MEANS Courtesy: EDP, 13 April 2015)
NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT DOUBLE NEGATIVES Courtesy: EDP, 20 April 2015)
UNSEETHROUGHABLENESS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE Courtesy: EDP, 27 April 2015)

MAY

HOW FAMILIAR PLACE NAMES HAVE EVOLVED Courtesy: EDP, 4 May 2015
CAN'T SEE THE WOOD FOR THE BAUM? Courtesy: EDP, 11 May 2015
NOTHING WRONG IN WRITING LIKE WHAT WE TALK Courtesy: EDP, 18 May 2015
IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY – IT'S THE WAY YOU SAY IT Courtesy: EDP, 25 May 2015

JUNE

DIFFERENT WORDS MIGHT MEAN A DIFFERENT OUTCOME Courtesy: EDP, 1 June 2015
EAGER LEARNERS ON THE WRONG TRACK Courtesy: EDP, 8 June 2015
TO STRESS OR NOT TO STRESS? Courtesy: EDP, 15 June 2015
WHAT'S IN A WORD? Courtesy: EDP, 22 June 2015
HAVE YOU FATHOMED OUR MEASUREMENTS? Courtesy: EDP, 29 June 2015

JULY

KEEPING US ON OUR METTLE Courtesy: EDP, 6 July 2015
LETTER THAT HAS SEEN A CHANGE IN PRONUNCIATION Courtesy: EDP, 13 July 2015
OUR LANGUAGE IS CHANGING Courtesy: EDP, 21 July 2015
IF I WAS MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Courtesy: EDP, 27 July 2015

AUGUST

WHAT'S IN A CHRISTIAN NAME? Courtesy: EDP, 3 August 2015
HOW DID OUR FINE CITY GET ITS NAME? Courtesy: EDP. 10 August 2015
I'M TAKING A PUNT... Courtesy: EDP, 17 August 2015
THE PAST IS ANOTHER LANGUAGE Courtesy: EDP, 24 August 2015
SEAGULLS – OR SHOULD THAT BE GULLS? Courtesy: EDP, 31 August 2015

SEPTEMBER

SHED LIGHT ON TWO LITTLE WORDS Courtesy: EDP, 7 September 2015
YOU MAY BE SINGULARLY CONFUSED Courtesy: EDP, 14 September 2015
LANGUAGES CAN BE AN OPPORTUNITY Courtesy: EDP, 21 September 2015
I'M RIGHT ABOUT THE WORD 'NONE' Courtesy: EDP, 28 September 2015

OCTOBER

WEE DRAM OF WHISKY Courtesy: EDP, 12 October 2015
YOU HAD BETTER MIND YOUR LANGUAGE Courtesy: EDP, 19 October 2015
'THEY' ARE PLURAL... AND ALSO SINGULAR Courtesy: EDP, 26 October 2015

NOVEMBER

CITY AND TOWN FANS SHARED SOLIDARITY Courtesy: EDP, 2 November 2015
IT'S WHAT YOU SAY, THAT MATTERS Courtesy: EDP, 9 November 2015
RIDICULOUS THEORY ON AUSSIE ACCENTS Courtesy: EDP, 16 November 2015
LANGUAGE AND BORDERS DO NOT COINCIDE Courtesy: EDP, 23 November 2016
IS WONG IS AN ENGLISH WORD? Courtesy: EDP, 30 November 2016

DECEMBER

WHEN USING THE WRONG WORD IS NOT RIGHT Courtesy: EDP, 7 December 2015
REFLECTING LOCAL HISTORICAL LEGACIES Courtesy: EDP, 14 December 2015
ARE YOU AWARE OF ADOPTED AMERICAN WORDS? Courtesy: EDP, 21 December 2015
FROM WAREHOUSES TO CHIC BEDROOMS Courtesy: EDP, 28 December 2015


2016

JANUARY

IT'S MORE THAN JUST BRIDGES (Courtesy: EDP, 4 Jan 2016)
RANSOME'S OPINIONS ON THE NORFOLK DIALECT (Courtesy: EDP, 11 Jan 2016)
A NAME THAT FAILS TO FIND COMMON GROUND (Courtesy: EDP, 18 Jan 2016)
A SCOT CALLED INGLIS OR A BRITAIN FROM FRANCE (Courtesy: EDP 25 Jan 2016

FEBRUARY

MAWTHER - A WORD ASSOCIATED WITH REGION (Courtesy: EDP, 1 Feb 2016)
WE'RE MOVING AWAY FROM SYNTHETIC SPEECH (Courtesy: EDP, 8 Feb 2016)
THERE'S A LOT TO TAKE IN (Courtesy: EDP, 15 Feb 2016)
CLUES TO THE PAST ARE IN A NAME (Courtesy: EDP, 22 Feb 2016)
IT'S FINE TO SAY PEKING INSTEAD OF BEIJING (Courtesy: EDP, 29 Feb 2016)

MARCH

A WEAK CUP OF TEA? TAKE IT AS RED! (Courtesy: EDP, 7 March 2016)
SHIRLEY NOT? (Courtesy: EDP, 14 March 2016)
THE NAME'S THE SAME (Courtesy: EDP, 21 March 2016)
IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A WORD (Courtesy: EDP, 28 March 2016)

APRIL

NO REASON WHY INFINITIVES CAN'T BE SPLIT! (Courtesy: EDP, 4 April 2016)
IT'S BETTER TO SAY BEST! (Courtesy: EDP, 11 April 2016)
THERE'S NO NEED TO APOLOGISE (Courtesy: EDP, 18 April 2016)
WESKER KNEW YOU COULD SPEAK NORFOLK AND BE ELOQUENT (Courtesy: EDP, 25 April 2016)

MAY

....THAT'LL LEARN YOU (Courtesy: EDP, 2 May 2016)
DAYS and DAZE (Courtesy: EDP, 9 May 2016)
WHATS IN A NAME (Courtesy: EDP, 16 May 2016)
DUZZY (Courtesy: EDP, 23 May 2016)
CLAY to CLY (Courtesy: EDP, 30 May 2016)

JUNE

Speaking freely in your native language (Courtesy: EDP, 6 June 2016)
Does being nice aggravate you? (Courtesy: EDP, 13 June 2016)
...so just what are the origins of OK? (Courtesy: EDP, 20 June 2016)
Return to Sender (Courtesy: EDP, 27 June 2016)

JULY

Julian's Message shows just how English has changed (Courtesy: EDP, 04 July 2016)
Decimate - How the meaning of words has changed over time (Courtesy: EDP, 11 July 2016)
Discriminating by accent is a prehistoric way to do business (Courtesy: EDP, 18 July 2016)
He Dead (Courtesy: EDP, 25 July 2016)

EDP Weekend - Interview with Pete (Courtesy: EDP, 30 July 2016)

AUGUST

Then and Tha (Courtesy: EDP, 01 August 2016)
Can you speak the headline? (Courtesy: EDP, 08 August 2016)
If it's alright with you..... (Courtesy: EDP, 16 August 2016)
Why Norfolk Folk can be confused for Australians (Courtesy: EDP, 22 August 2016)
Banter (Courtesy: EDP, 29 August 2016)

SEPTEMBER

Be careful which experts you believe to tell the facts (Courtesy: EDP, 05 September 2016)
Deopham and Reepham (Courtesy: EDP, 12 September 2016)
False friends (Courtesy: EDP, 19 September 2016)
Different spellings and questions of house style.. (Courtesy: EDP, 26 September 2016)
Because of this weeks content we've also included Peter's original text (Courtesy: Peter, 26 Sept 2016)

OCTOBER

Believe it or not, English was once a minor language (Courtesy: EDP, 3 October 2016)
English has hunted other languages to the point of extinction (Courtesy: EDP, 10 October 2016)
Where English is being replaced by a native language (Courtesy: EDP, 17 October 2016)
A hamlet in north Norfolk with a very interesting name (Courtesy: EDP, 24 October 2016)
Quite confusing (Courtesy: EDP, 31 October 2016)

NOVEMBER

Maori language may be alive - but it is not well (Courtesy: EDP, 07 November 2016)
Confused by American pronunciation? (Courtesy: EDP, 14 November 2016)
Intelligence shows in what you say, not your accent (Courtesy: EDP, 21 November 2016)
Christmas advert finally treats Norfolk accent with respect (Courtesy: EDP, 28 November 2016)

DECEMBER

On the trail of how Snailgate becam Calvert Street (Courtesy: EDP, 5 December 2016)
Peter alongside Springstein in Times Favourite reads (Courtesy: The Times, 03 December 2016)
Smart-alecs scornful of Paxman show total ignorance (Courtesy: EDP, 12 December 2016)
Origins of some place names are not what they seem (Courtesy: EDP, 19 December 2016)
Human languages are as varied as our societies (Courtesy: EDP, 26 December 2016)

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