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A university researcher is looking to recruit seven men from Talke and Alsager to take part in a study about their accents and regional identity. Holly Robinson-Crane, a final year student in the English department at the University of Chester, is looking into the differences between how people speak in the neighbouring towns.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Talke eight years ago from West Sussex, hopes to identify the vowel changes that are causing the accents to sound different. Talke and Alsager are less than three miles apart across the county boundary between Staffordshire and Cheshire, but people in Talke sound much more similar to Stoke-on-Trent residents.




Holly is looking for three males aged 18 to 24 from Talke for her project and another three from Alsager, as well as one more male in his 50s or 60s from Talke. Volunteers will initially fill in a 10-minute questionnaire before taking part in a face-to-face interview lasting up to 45 minutes.

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Participants need to be working class and currently live in Talke or Alsager – and have lived there between the ages of eight and 16. Five men have already signed up to take part.

Holly, who has previously looked at the history and current features of the Stoke-on-Trent accent, said: “In Talke people sounds more like in Stoke-on-Trent, for example, how they say look and book. But in their next-door neighbour town Alsager, the accent is much more neutral with fewer distinguishing features.

Holly Robinson-Crane, who is studying the differences between the Talke and Alsager accents

“My hypothesis is that there are a lot of associations with Cheshire being more upmarket, with Stoke-on-Trent being more rough and ready, so people in Alsager might want to distinguish themselves from that.



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