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I’m writing on behalf of the Manchester Voices project that we’re currently running at Manchester Metropolitan University. The project aims to celebrate the accents, dialects and identities of people living across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. We are contacting community groups across the region to try and get as many people involved as possible!

The main way to get involved is to draw a dialect map of the region, showing where people speak differently and describing the accents and dialects that we hear around us. The maps are quick and easy to create – simply visit the following link to get started: https://www.manchestervoices.org/map/#/.

There will be various other ways to get involved soon – including joining us on our tour in the Accent Van! – and we’ll be posting regular updates on our website (www.manchestervoices.org). We also have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/manchestervoices/), Twitter profile (@VoicesMcr, #McrVoices) and Instagram account (manchestervoices) – feel free to share the details and/or tag us in anything. And we have lots of clips from our last Accent Van tour on our social media accounts, if you want to check them out!

I appreciate that this is a difficult time and your organisation is unlikely to be running as it normally would. But we’d be grateful if you could share the above links via your own websites/newsletters, mailing lists or social media accounts. It’s a fun thing for people to do, and is a great opportunity to get thinking about the links between the way we speak and who we are.

If there’s anything we can do to support your organisation either now or in the future, please let us know.

Many thanks.

Holly

Dr Holly Dann (she/her)

Research Associate

Manchester Voices Project|https://www.manchestervoices.org/

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