Pit Talk in the East Midlands

  • Natalie Braber


This chapter uses the first results of a recently completed research project, entitled ‘Pit Talk in the East Midlands’, funded by the British Academy to investigate the technical jargon and mining-specific lexical terms used by coal miners. For many years, coal mining formed a very important part of the East Midlands economy. In 2015, the last colliery in the region closed and much of this language is in danger of being forgotten. The language used by the miners formed an important aspect of the local identity and close brotherhood of miners, and this chapter examines what language was used and how this could be examined in future in relation to other linguistic varieties in the UK.



Images in this chapter have been reproduced with permission of the Local Studies Library, Nottingham. This is not the case for all images—there is also the image of the motties, which was taken by Suzy Harrison.

I would like to thank Suzy Harrison and Claire Ashmore for their work on the Pit Talk in the East Midlands research project, funded by the British Academy. They carried out many of the interviews and completed many of the transcriptions. Thanks are also due to John Towler of the Local Studies Library at Nottingham Library for helping with the images, and the Local Studies Library for allowing me to use these images. I would also like to thank the two reviewers of this chapter.


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  • Natalie Braber
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  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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