Reporter 446, 7 February 2000

A walk in the park and a stroll through English

Visitors to Londonís Regent's Park this summer will be treated to a vivid demonstration of the richness and diversity of the English language thanks to two University researchers.

Loreto Todd and Chris Jowett have prepared recordings of English as spoken, sung and even chanted throughout the world over the last thousand years. The exhibition Sound Zones runs from the beginning of June to September. "The thirty zones include proverbial wisdom, chants and folktales, songs and verse and information about how English is used in various places from America to Zimbabwe," said Dr Todd. "Students and colleagues have helped produce the zones and Chris has assembled all the recordings on computer. We havenít decided what to do with all the zone material after September, but already there is interest for Internet use," she added.

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