British Library’s English dialects collection

England has some of the most varied accents and dialects of any country in the world. In fact, the British Isles as a whole are blessed with colour and variety in their spoken languages. Multiple invasions and migrations over the centuries have given us truly regional forms of speech.

The tax funded British Library has put together an audio archive of these accents and dialects. Why, then, do they restrict access by making them available only in the proprietary WMA format? To make it worse, you can only stream the audio!

Jonathan Robinson is the curator in charge of the collection; time to write an email, I think.

Via Ray Girvan.