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Throughout most of their history, the Survey of Anglo-Welsh Dialects and the Archive of Welsh English have entailed collaborations with individuals and institutions not directly engaged in the two projects. This page gives brief details of ongoing and recent collaborations, and of links to some other websites that might be of interest to readers. David Parry’s Story of SAWD describes the collaborations that took place while he was Director of SAWD (1968-95).

Since the summer of 2007, Rob Penhallurick has worked with Jonathan Robinson, Lead Content Specialist in Sociolinguistics and Education at the British Library, to make the audio recordings of the Archive of Welsh English available via the BL. See SAWD and the British Library for further details. An announcement about developments will be made in the summer of 2008. See the BL Sound Archive’s Sounds Familiar? website at http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/index.html for an interactive guide to the accents and dialects of British English.

Readers of David Parry’s Story of SAWD will know that Clive Upton was one of the first fieldworkers for the Survey. Subsequently, Clive and David were two of the co-editors of Survey of English Dialects: The Dictionary and Grammar (London: Routledge, 1994), for which Rob Penhallurick was the research assistant. Collaborative ties between the Archive and Clive remain close, maintaining also a longstanding link with Leeds University, home of the Survey of English Dialects (SED) and also now of the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture, which is overseen by Clive Upton. Go to: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/english/activities/lavc/index.htm. (Incidentally, David Parry was one of the fieldworkers for the SED, working in his home county of Monmouth in 1961.)

The third co-editor of Survey of English Dialects: The Dictionary and Grammar was Professor John Widdowson, Director of the Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language at the University of Sheffield from 1968 until 2001. In 1999, the Centre published David Parry’s comprehensive A Grammar and Glossary of the Conservative Anglo-Welsh Dialects of Rural Wales. Now renamed the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, its home page can be found at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/natcect/.

The Archive also has links with the ‘English and Celtic in Contact’ (ECC) project of the University of Joensuu, Finland, coordinated by Professor Markku Filppula, Professor Juhani Klemola, and Dr Heli Paulasto (née Pitkänen). Dr Paulasto’s Welsh English Syntax: Contact and Variation (2006) made extensive use of SAWD and Archive material. The ECC home page is at: http://www.joensuu.fi/fld/ecc/index.html. The site contains a very useful bibliography which ‘endeavours to cover all the relevant literature on historical, linguistic and other contacts between English and the Celtic languages’.

Rob Penhallurick has been a contributor to the Celtic Englishes Colloquia held at the University of Potsdam from 1995-2004. Four volumes of Proceedings have been published, and details of the project can be found at: http://www.celtic-englishes.de/.

Other sites of interest:

Home page of the Dictionary of American Regional English, a project of the American Dialect Society.

The Hiberno-English Archive, based on the research of Professor Terence Patrick Dolan of University College Dublin, author of A Dictionary of Hiberno-English: The Irish Use of English (1998). The site’s main purpose is to build and maintain an archive of Hiberno-English words, phrases, sayings, and idioms.

The Philological Society, founded in 1842, out of which developed the English Dialect Society (1873-96), the English Dialect Dictionary, and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) website, comprising searchable, electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND).

The BBC’s massive survey of present-day British English dialects. Interactive features, audio samples, weblinks, and more.

Home page of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, inaugurated in 1897, in response to Joseph Wright’s quest for items for his monumental English Dialect Dictionary (1898-1905).


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