In the 1950s and 60s, researchers from the University of Leeds carried out the Survey of English Dialects, visiting people in more than 300 places in order to record their many different ways of speaking. More than half a century later, we want to find out what has changed and what has stayed the same with a new survey. Some of these questions were in the original survey, and others are brand new.

We all use language differently in different situations. When answering these questions, think about your everyday speech with family and friends (not in formal contexts, or in writing).

This is not a test, and there are no right or wrong answers. Your participation will help us to learn more about dialect and to tell the story of your wonderful words!

When you’ve finished, click ‘submit’. You’ll receive a note acknowledging your submission. Thank you for taking part!


We’d also love to hear more about your dialect journey.

Tell us about the words you’ve picked up from different people and places by submitting your local or inherited words.

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