The Forest dialect is a window into the past heritage of the English language and its Anglo-Saxon roots, within the Forest of Dean area. Recording and describing the dialect helps our understanding of the development of the English Language.
The Forest’s unique landscape, location, settlement patterns and industry make it an important site for understanding how dialects develop their distinctiveness.
Knowledge of the traditional Forest dialect is at risk of being lost forever as only a few speakers of the dialect remain.
This project made use of Oral History recordings collected through the Dean Heritage Centre to provide a comprehensive linguistic description of the dialect.
The project story is told via dedicated website called Forest Dialect.
This increased knowledge of the dialect helps connect us to the landscape, its unique geology, the people who have inhabited its spaces and past practices that we want to preserve for future generations.