An insight into the Norfolk dialect and culture An insight into the Norfolk dialect and culture

You might have come to UEA to learn about the languages and cultures of another country, but there's often a new language and culture to be found on our own doorstep.

UEA's Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics, Peter Trudgill, has written some guidance for us on our very own ‘home' language here in Norwich.

Peter Trudgill was born and brought up in the Norwich suburb of Thorpe St Andrew and went to the City of Norwich School, before studying languages at King's College, Cambridge. He was a postgraduate student at Edinburgh University from 1966 to 1970.

His Edinburgh PhD thesis was The social differentiation of English in Norwich which, although he was not aware of it at the time, was the first sociolinguistic urban dialect study to be carried out in Britain.

Peter Trudgill has been Professor of Linguistics at the University of Reading; Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Essex; Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; and Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

He is currently Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics at Fribourg University; Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of East Anglia; Adjunct Professor of Sociolinguistics, Agder University, Kristiansand, Norway; and Adjunct Professor in the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has honorary doctorates from the University of East Anglia; the University of Uppsala, Sweden; and La Trobe University. He is the author of over 30 books, including The Norfolk Dialect. His latest book is Sociolinguistic typology: the social determinants of linguistic structure and complexity (Oxford).