wyliecoyoteuk wrote:Black country dialect is apparently the closest you get to Olde English in the Uk, unless you count Welsh,Scots and Cornish, which are actually Gaelic dialects from even earlier, very similar to French Basque or Irish.
Welsh and Cornish are Gaelic languages (not dialects), less similar to English than Russian is. Irish is also a Gaelic language, although from a different branch of the Gaelic language tree.
Scots is, like English, descended from Anglo-Saxon, which is possibly what you meant. It is spoken in the Lowlands of Scotand, and has nothing to do with the Gaelic spoken in the Highlands, which is a dialect of Irish. Scots used to be called a dialect (Rabbie Burns decsribed his poems as being in the "Scots dialect") but it now has the legal status, within the UK, of a language.
French is a Romance language, descended from Latin.
Basque is something completely different, not being related to any other surviving European language.
I'm not sure what any of these have to do with the Black Country accent, which I find quite beautiful - unlike Brummy, which is just flat.