This course will take place in person.
This course traces the antecedents of the range of London voices. We will map the history of London voices from late Old English, through the beginnings of standardisation in late-medieval Westminster, Tudor churchwardens, Jacobean and 18th-century stage characters, Victorian street-traders, and Eliza Doolittle, to the emergence of courtly speech and RP, dropped ‘h’s, and glottal stops.
We will be looking at different types of slang, the difference between accents south and north of the river, and the effects of migration on how Londoners speak now.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in London history and the history of the English language. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary.
How we’re keeping you safe
Because we would like to keep the staff and each other safe, we expect and recommend face coverings to be worn the public areas that can become crowded. These are the corridors, toilet areas and the queues at the bar. There will also be an event-specific QR code that guests will be asked to scan on arrival.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
In addition to these measures, Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are also numerous hand-sanitising stations available and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
You will learn
- The History of the English Language
- The Language of Sport
- Etymology, Where Words Come From
- The Language of the First World War
- The Language of Food
- About the roots of the identifiable London voice in late Old English
- About the specifics of the developing London voice
- About attempts to denigrate the history of the London voice
- The difference between accents south and north of the river
- How 1,000 years of migration affected how Londoners speak
Meet the Tutor
Julian Walker worked as an educator at the British Library for 16 years. He teaches book and printing history, and the history of English. Julian is the authority on the English language during the First World War, a subject of ongoing research in the Languages and the First World War project, which he directs. An associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London, he has written several books on the history of English, in fields such as cooking, sport, and conflict.
Need to Know
- 11:00 - 15:30
- £40/£30 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Julian Walker
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