Manchester Voices is a fascinating research project run by a team from Manchester Metropolitan University. The project explores the accents, dialects and identities of people from Manchester in the North-west of England.
The team identified four distinct Greater Manchester dialects - ‘Manc’, ‘Lancashire’, ‘Wigan’ and ‘posh’. Most people would probably say I have a 'posh' accent (and many people tell me I do sound posh), but really I have a Lancashire accent (posh Lancashire?). Of course, my accent has been affected by living in Edinburgh for over 30 years!
There's lots to explore on the Manchester Voices website! You may also be interested in the following articles about the project:
D'you know what I mean? article in the Mancunian Way newsletter
Vocal Pride on the Manchester Metropolitan University website
A permanent exhibition of Manchester Voices will be found in the city's central library.