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22 October - 13 November
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Lancashire Tongues

Come and see an ultrasound image of your tongue while you speak!

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What’s on offer?

In this 15-minute interactive activity you will see an ultrasound image of your tongue while you are speaking. Did you know there are eight different muscles in the tongue?! You will also have the opportunity to contribute to a research project about accent in Blackburn if you wish.

What’s it about?

This activity is all about the local accent in Blackburn and what makes Blackburn a wonderful place! We will first explain about our speech research on Lancashire dialect using ultrasound and show you how the technology works. We will then record you speaking a few words and show you how the tongue dances up and down while we are speaking. After the activity, our researchers will explain why we are interested in speech in Blackburn and what aspects of accent we’re hoping to study. If you like, we can send you a video of your tongue after the activity.

Who’s leading the event?

This event is led by members of Lancashire University Phonetics Lab in the Department of Linguistics and English Language. We are a team of lecturers and postgraduate students including Dr Claire Nance, Dr Sam Kirkham, Dr Danielle Turton, Maya Dewhurst, Lois Fairclough, Takayuki Nagamine, Sarah Wang, Pam Forster.

Open to

This event is suitable for anyone who can hold their head still for a minute. Younger children are very welcome to come to listen and watch but it will be most suitable for 6+ years old.  The ultrasound recording involves placing an ultrasound probe under the chin touching the skin. This might not be suitable for people who don’t like something touching their chin - all are welcome to watch and listen.

Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to people living in Blackburn who are interested in local accent and speech.

Event Booking details

Come along on the day!

Scheduling information

We will be at Blackburn Market from 10am to 4pm, please drop by!