Fancy being recorded for posterity as an example of real-life speakers of British English? Then sign up for the new Spoken British National Corpus. Researchers at Lancaster and Cambridge are compiling a new, publicly accessible corpus of English speech.
“We aim to encourage people from all over the UK to record their interactions and send them to us as MP3 files. For each hour of good quality recordings we receive, along with all associated consent forms and information sheets completed correctly, we will pay £18.”
If you’re interested, read their web page and email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.