East Anglian English
by Peter Trudgill, Professor of Sociolingustics at the University of Agder in Norway and author of The Norfolk Dialect (Poppland Publishing, 2012).
East Anglia is a region of eastern England consisting of the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, and parts of Essex and Cambridgeshire. Linguistic East Anglia is a lot smaller than it was two hundred years ago, as the English of London and the Home Counties has encroached on the region; but East Anglian English is still spoken today in northeastern Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk, except for the Fens of western Norfolk and northwestern Suffolk. This is, in essence, the area dominated by Norwich as the region’s largest city. Until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was one of the four largest urban centres in England, but these days it is well down the list.
Click the links below to read more about:
The grammar of East Anglian English
East Anglia doesn’t just have its own accent and vocabulary – it also has distinctive grammatical features. (Or should we say ‘that also has’?)
The vocabulary of East Anglian English
What words are used almost exclusively in East Anglia, and which languages did they come from? Find out with our guide to East Anglian vocabulary.
One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.