Is your “dis” stronger than your “ing”?

Slap on the wrist for not mentioning Dr Rod Walters‘ work on the Welsh dialect.

Rod’s epic study into the phonology behind the valleys’ pronounciation (that’s ‘ow it sounds, like, to ewe and me) found that speakers in the region really do talk with melody.

And he should know. Formally trained in music, Rod has taught English and linguistics around the world; following his name is a list of qualification as long as… that place with the really long name.

The project is not just a study of dialect but also a work of social historical record – Rod interviewed former miners and all manner of valleys folk to get an audio snapshot of local phonetics.

BBC News covered it recently and The Western Mail reckons the stress on your "complaining" and "discord" will give away whether you’re truly of local vocal stock.

As Rhondda assembly member Leighton Andrews points out, the full, comprehensive study is online and you can and you can listen to the clips, too.

What pecularities are there in the way you speak? What do you think marks out the array of finely different Welsh dialects? 

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