Welcome to the West Midlands English: Speech and Society website.
This website is designed as a teaching and learning resource for teachers and students at advanced secondary/high school level and undergraduate college/university students of English, English Language, Linguistics and/or Applied Linguistics at universities worldwide, where studying variations of English is part of the syllabus/curriculum.
The website centres around a Voices Map. This map provides sound clips, transcriptions of recordings made in the Birmingham and Black Country areas of England. The sound files are extracts taken from recordings of locally based performances or interviews with performers associated with the region. Each extract has an accompanying transcription and notes on linguistic variation.
The Sounds of English section provides you with an overview of the sounds of English, and an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet.
English West Midlands
Variations in English
Sounds of English