DHIL: The Dialect of the Holy Island of
Lindisfarne (2014) - Warren Maguire, University of Edinburgh
The DHIL corpus consists of time-aligned
orthographic transcriptions and recordings of speakers from Holy Island made by
Jörg Berger (see further Berger, Jörg, 1980, The Phonology of the
Holy Island Dialect, Bern, Peter Lang) in the early 1970s, and recordings
made in 2006 by
Warren Maguire (University of Edinburgh).
The recordings are of interviews,
conversations and answers to questionnaires such as the Survey of English
Dialects (Orton, Harold and Eugen Dieth, eds., 1962-71, Survey of
English Dialects (B): The basic material, Leeds, Arnold & Son). The speakers
are/were natives engaged in traditional occupations, especially fishing, and were
mostly born in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The recordings cover topics
such as local history, fishing practices, place-names and superstitions, and they
provide a unique insight into the traditional island dialect and society of Holy Island.
The DHIL corpus has been
constructed by Warren Maguire under a grant from the
(award no. SG112357), between April 2012 and March 2014. Time-aligned
orthographic transcriptions have been made of the recordings using the
How to obtain access to the DHIL corpus
The DHIL corpus can be accessed by users through a password-protected
portal (link below). In order to gain access, users must complete the
DHIL User Agreement Form.
The completed form should be returned by email or post to:
The Dialect of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne Corpus, Warren Maguire,
The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences,
The University of Edinburgh, Dugald Stewart Building,
3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH8 9AD.
Successful applicants will be sent a user ID and password for
the download area of this site. The download area provides access to
the DHIL transcription files (.eaf and .pfsx ELAN files) and audio (.wav files),
and to an interface that provides online access to the time-aligned
orthographic transcriptions and corresponding audio files.
To enter the download area,