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Voices


Dr David Hornsby.
Dr David

Our accents and language expert is Dr David Hornsby who is a lecturer in French at the University of Kent. So why does he seems to know so much about English?

Anyone who won a Gold Medal in the Russian Speaking Olympiada in Moscow at the age of just 15 has to be a bit of a language fanatic.

Although he studied both French and Russian, at both Oxford and Cambridge, his particular love is dialect and he enjoys looking at how language and words develop and die with social change - whatever the language!

After working for the United Nations in Geneva he came to the county to take up a post at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He lives near Herne Bay with his young family.

He wants to encourage people to get enthusiastic about thinking about the way we speak and has organised day schools on `Talking Proper and Talking Funny` at the Language School on the University Campus.

Now he is helping us track down our local accents through Voices and will play a major part in the project over the next few months.

He first appeared on John Warnett's breakfast show when Voices was launched in January and he will pop up every now and again with his thoughts and findings.

If you missed that, you can hear what he had to say by clicking below:

Voices 2005 launch

He admits to being a West Ham United supporter and to sitting in pubs nestling a pint in one hand and a pencil in the other making notes on the way people chat to each other!

So watch out what you are saying or better still join us with your words and ways of speaking on these pages over the next few months.

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