Leeds library wants Tyke talk

Here's an opportunity that's guaranteed to get proud Tykes talking.

Leeds Central Library is kicking off 2011 by hosting an event celebrating 21st century dialects.

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The event is the result of a link-up between the city council and the British Library's Evolving English project, which aims to create an audio collection that shows how modern language varies in different parts of the country.

Visitors to the library will have the chance to record their voices for inclusion in the collection, choosing between a set text or their own favourite local words and phrases.

Leeds City Council's executive member for leisure, Coun Adam Ogilvie, said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to save their voices for posterity and provide a treasure trove of much-loved words, phrases and dialect representing our city."

The Evolving English recording equipment will be in place at the library until January 16.

A tie-in exhibition that began yesterday, meanwhile, will run at the same venue through to January 27.

It will include material from the city council's own dialects archive,

such as maps, lists of place name spellings and a translation of a 17th century play.

There will also be a number of workshops and other one-off levents, with dates for the diary including:

* A talk from the Yorkshire Dialect Society's Dr Barrie Rhodes at 1.30pm tomorrow;

* A workshop running from 1.30pm to 3pm this Sunday that will explore how words and phrases from other languages have made their way into English.

* A discussion of English's historical and cultural influences with the British Library's Jonnie Robinson from 6pm to 7pm next Tuesday, January 11.

Local groups involved with the events and exhibition include Holt Park Readers Group and Calverley Writers Group.

For more details, visit www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish or call Leeds Central Library on 0113 247 6016.