Listen to the way this speaker pronounces the word aye [= yes] on the in-breath â€“ an extremely rare feature in English, but common in Scandinavian languages.
'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was selected by Jonnie Robinson, a specialist in sociolinguistics & education at the British Library. The recording of Edward Blaire (d.o.b. 1903) was made by Clive Upton in 1974 in Patterdale, Westmorland, for the University of Leeds Survey of English Dialects