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Language research - volunteers needed

Posted by Joanne Green on March 30, 2001

At the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, University of Sheffield, we are currently working on a project assessing and evaluating the continuity and change of traditional types of English between the years 1950-2000. The language types under investigation are: Proverbial usage; Traditional sayings and expressions; Rhymes and riddles; Blason Populaire (sayings, rhymes and nicknames about places, communities and groups); The language of children's traditional play and games.

Can you help? We are conducting a nationwide survey in the form of individual questionnaires for each language type to provide us with up-to-date information on current usage. We urgently require volunteers of all ages who would be willing to complete these questionnaires. If you are interested in helping, please send your contact details to me by e-mail and I will be happy to send you a copy of each questionnaire. Further information can be found at