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A seven-year study of native English speakers revealed that northern dialects are holding their own against invaders from the south.

Previous research has pointed to a creeping homogenization of dialects amid claims that the north-south accent split was on its way to all but disappeared within 45 years.

But a joint study by the University of York, Lancaster University and New York University answered with a resounding, “It’s ‘eck like like!”

Dr. George Bailey, from the Department of Language and Linguistic Sciences at the University of York, said: “Although there has been some loss of distinctive elements between different forms of English over the past 70 years, our research confirms that the UK has retained much of its rich linguistic diversity. I don’t think we’re all in danger of sounding the same anytime soon.”

The research surveyed more than 14,000 people on how they speak today and compared their responses to similar studies from 70 years ago.

It found that while southern dialects – such as the shortened vowel in “cut” – pushed north from the 1950s, some northern pronunciations and phrases also spread.

I don’t think we’re all in danger of sounding the same anytime soon

The pronunciation of the ‘g’ in ‘singer’ is a key feature of the dialect, which used to be mainly found in the North West and West Midlands, but is now heard in Herefordshire and Nottinghamshire.

Similarly, the survey found that the term “lollipop” rather than “popsicle”, thought to be exclusively used in Liverpool, is now also common in North Wales.

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