Researchers from Abertay University are in the midst of a study looking at whether people who switch between the Dundonian dialect and standard English have less chance of developing mental deterioration in later life.
The experts are asking for more 60 plus Dundonians to come forward to help with the study as it is now drawing to a close.
Academics believes that the younger generation and their use of text language, could eventually phase out traditional and well known Dundonian phrases such as “an ingin ane an a” which means “and I would like an onion one as well” – often used in bridie shops.
Abertay MSc psychology student Neil Kirk, is to take the investigation even further by looking into whether more than one dialect has the same benefits.
He said: “Dundonian is a rich dialect with a strong tradition, but as well as being culturally important we want to find out if speaking a local dialect actually helps keep you mentally fit. Studies have suggested strong links between speaking two or more languages and resisting the development of dementia.”
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