Dialect-brain boost link studied
Dundonians over the age of 60 are being recruited for a new study of local dialect and brain power.
The aim of the study is to discover if speaking in a local tongue will help improve mental abilities later in life.
The study is being run by Neil Kirk, a psychology student at the university of Abertay Dundee.
It will involve a series of short puzzles and written questions to see how Dundonians use the local dialect and 'standard' English.
Mr Kirk 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."
Research supervisor Dr Ken Scott-Brown said: "Compared to studies of second languages, dialect studies are very few and far between."