Our Gateshead

Talking Geordie

Description of what will be involved: 


Are you aged 70 years of orlder?  Have you lived all or most of your life in Tyneside? 

Are you a native speaker of Geordie? If you answered yes to all of these questions, we’d love to speak and listen to you. 

What is the project about?

Our project seeks to further our understanding of the English spoken by adults aged over 70 years in Tyneside. We would like to record your speech to create a lasting record of the traditional Geordie dialect and explore whether all older Tyneside’s speak the same.

What is involved?

We will ask you to: (1) share your experience of growing up and growing old in Tyneside, and to read aloud a short list of words; (2) answer questions about yourself (e.g. age, gender) and your social networks (e.g. regularity of contact with family or friends); (3) optionally, do a non-invasive and safe hand-grip strength test as a measure of muscle strength. Part (1) will be recorded using a microphone and digital recorder; responses to questions in part (2) and measures obtained in part (3) will be recorded on paper. Completion of these tasks will take about 90 minutes and will take place in a quiet location that is convenient to you.

What are the participation criteria

In order to participate, you must be:

  • aged 70+ and retired from full-time employment
  • from a working-class background
  •  a long-time resident of Tyneside, of long-standing white British heritage and native speaker of English
  •  Living independently (not living in residential care home) 

You must not have:

  • severe hearing loss
  • a known dianosis of dementia
  • a history of stroke or brian injury
  • severe learning disabilities
  • alcohol or substance addiction





Opportunity Location: 
Does opportunity require DBS check?: 
Opportunity start date: 
1st August 2019
Opportunity end date: 
Thursday, 31 October, 2019
Contact Person: 
kate Marshall
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