Welcome to the Aston Corpus of West Midlands English (ACWME). ACWME is part of the West Midlands English: Speech and Society project. The corpus is comprised of sound recordings of locally based performances - comedy, drama, poetry, song and story telling - and related interviews with performers, members of the audience and local and national celebrities associated with the region. The recordings were made between 2009 and 2012.
This website is designed for research use. The corpus is made available through this site to academic researchers, language societies, educationalists and anyone interested in contemporary regional linguistic variation of the West Midlands region.
A further website, West Midlands English: Speech and Society, contains material of use to the general public. It features learning and teaching resources for us in schools, particularly for A level English Language, and for use in university undergraduate and postgraduate courses on linguistic variation and change.