"To all me marra's oowt theyer, Me chep's gaily reed wi' t' wind n't' rain oowt theyer"
GRISEDALE PIKE: A CUMBRIAN DIALECT BOT
CULTURAL DATA EXPERIMENT
This project focuses on the Lakeland Dialect; particularly how we might preserve it and find new ways to help keep it relevant to people today.
I have spent time speaking with my grandparents, other local, rural folk and reading old books
to research and harvest as many cumbrian dialect words and phrases as possible - with a particular focus on the weather; I've used these words to build the beginnings of a new kind of phrase book...
is a Twitter account for a lakeland fell which grumbles in Cumbrian dialect about what the weather is doing.
This program is written in Python and takes weather data from Yahoo for a specific place and time (a local fell called Grisedale Pike), and then generates a random statement based on the growing list of words I come across. Once a day, it tweets out a grumble.
Each grumble comprises three sections;
[a greeting] + [a remark about the weather] + [a sign-off]
This means all sorts of random combinations of grumbles can be generated which will grow as more people contribute to the word bank.
So far, every grumble is different. Some followers on Twitter have even attempted to interact with GrisedalePike, mistaking it for a real person speaking in local dialect, not a robot - which is quite remarkable.
The Grisedale Pike twitter bot is a humorous attempt to promote this amazing language and to capture the spirit of the culture that embrace it.