The DECTE project
is of course indebted to the researchers who created
the legacy materials that it incorporates:
from the 1960s-1970s were collected as part of
the Tyneside Linguistic Survey by
Joan Beal, Anthea Fraser
Gupta, Val Jones, John Local, Vince McNeaney,
Graham Nixon, John Pellowe and Barbara Strang.
recordings were gathered for the Phonological
Variation and Change in Contemporary Spoken
English project by Gerry Docherty, Paul Foulkes, Jim Milroy, Lesley Milroy, Penny Oxley,
David Walshaw and Dominic Watt.
and 2005, these two collections were digitized
and amalgamated as the Newcastle Electronic
Corpus of Tyneside English by
Will Allen, Joan Beal, Karen Corrigan, Warren
Maguire and Hermann Moisl. Full acknowledgements
for that project can be found here:
Since 2007, a great number of undergraduate and
postgraduate students have recorded and
transcribed interviews for the current stage of
the corpus (NECTE2), as part of their studies in
the School of English Literature, Language and
Linguistics at Newcastle University.
In creating The Talk of the Toon website, we
have benefitted from working with our partners at
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North (
and Newcastle's Discovery Museum (http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery),
as well as colleagues at the Northern Region Film
and Television Archive (
and the Headliners Taakin Heeds project (http://www.headliners.org).
We gratefully acknowledge the expert guidance of the
DECTE Advisory Board: Joan Beal (chair), Will Allen,
Ben Anderson, Rachel Baron, Lucy Bemrose, Kim Bibby-Wilson,
Gillian Robinson, Alison Ross, Sarah Rule, David
Stewart and Kevin Watson.
We also owe a great deal to the sterling work of the
project assistants who have undertaken a variety of
tasks as the project has progressed: Joanne
Bartlett, Claire Childs, Alexander Docherty, Kaye
Dodds, Jean Price, Nick Roberts and Peter Wilson.
Lastly, but by no
means least, we are deeply indebted to all those
people of the North East who have agreed to be
interviewed throughout the years.
DECTE is funded by
the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC,
under the Digital
Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI)
scheme described at: