Talk on the history of Yorkshire dialects

The old courthouse in Pocklington
The old courthouse in Pocklington

Pocklington and District Local History Group’s next meeting will feature a talk on the ‘Origins and History of Yorkshire Dialects’.

The meeting will take place on 17 March, and the talk will be given by Dr Barrie Rhodes.

Dr Rhodes is a born and bred Yorkshireman who grew up speaking a Yorkshire dialect and is passionate about the county’s language and history.

After a long career as a primary school teacher and then a university lecturer, he studied a PhD in languages and linguistics at Sheffield University and at the same time became a leading light of the Yorkshire Dialect Society.

For many years he has been a part-time lecturer on linguistics and dialects on both sides of the North Sea, including leading Yorkshire dialect workshops at York University’s Norwegian Study Centre.

A spokesperson for the history group said: “We are lucky to get him to speak at Pocklington, after giving popular talks to community groups across Yorkshire for more than a decade, he has decided to retire from public speaking later in the year.”

The meeting will be at the old courthouse, George Street, Pocklington at 7.30pm. There will be an admission charge of £2 and all are welcome.

By Jo Green