07 May 2018
Recording of the week: Doric dialect
This week's selection comes from Andrew Booth, PhD placement student working on the VoiceBank collection.
An intriguing and unique variety of English spoken in the British Isles is Doric dialect. Doric refers to a Scots dialect spoken in the northeast of Scotland and to the outside ear (mine), it can be a difficult one to master. My favourite Doric contributions to the Library's WordBank are given below. Could you decipher what this speaker means?
Sair forfochen [= 'tired and hassled']
Faur div ye come fae [= 'where do you come from']
This speaker from Aberdeen explains question words in the local dialect, which I find equally interesting:
Fit like [= 'how are you']
Faur [= 'where']
Foo [= 'how']
For more information about accents and dialects in the northeast of Scotland, see this article on the British Library website.