Listen: A linguist shows us how to correctly pronounce 13 of Norfolk’s trickiest place names
PUBLISHED: 16:28 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:15 18 March 2016
After our Australian journalist struggled to pronounce some of Norfolk’s trickier place names, we asked a professional to step in and show us how it’s done.
Norfolk-born linguist and EDP columnist Peter Trudgill has dedicated his life to the study of language.
Listen as he shows us how to correctly pronounces the names of the 13 Norfolk locations listed below and reveals the origins of place names such as Haddiscoe and Deopham.
This village in South Norfolk has a particularly awkward spelling and is actually pronounced “Tacklestone”.
Sadly there isn’t actually any gold to speak of in the village of “Inglesthorpe”.
A silent ‘W’, causes Postwick to be pronounced as “Possick”.
This is one place name that always manages to confound visitors - it’s said as “Cossey” and not Costessey. Take no notice of the extra letters it’s spelled with.
We will never, ever, understand the spelling of “Hazebro”.
There’s always been much debate surrounding the proper pronunciation of “Stewkey”.
We’re not sure how “Wymond” becomes “Wind” when pronouncing “Windum” but somehow it just does.
This North Norfolk village is in fact pronounced “Full-mes-ton”.
Some say there’s no “i” to pronounce but Peter says “Hadisco”.
Just ignore the ‘O’ in “Deepum”.
The coastal village of “Munzly” is probably one of the more logical place name pronunciations on this list.
You can’t really go too far wrong when saying “Taysbur”.
This market town’s spelling must be read phonetically as “Reefum”.
Peter began his career by studying modern languages at King’s College before obtaining a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1971.
Since then he has written several books and taught at various universities across the globe, including the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and La Trobe University in Melbourne.
He is also an honorary professor at UEA and is currently president of the Friends of Norfolk dialect society, all of which makes him the perfect candidate to assist with our Norfolk place name pronunciations.