East Anglian English

by Peter Trudgill, Professor of Sociolingustics at the University of Agder in Norway and author of The Norfolk Dialect (Poppland Publishing, 2012).


East Anglia is a region of eastern England consisting of the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, and parts of Essex and Cambridgeshire. Linguistic East Anglia is a lot smaller than it was two hundred years ago, as the English of London and the Home Counties has encroached on the region; but East Anglian English is still spoken today in northeastern Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk, except for the Fens of western Norfolk and northwestern Suffolk. This is, in essence, the area dominated by Norwich as the region’s largest city. Until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was one of the four largest urban centres in England, but these days it is well down the list.

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