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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

I know a chap who has very loose vowels
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
In the Midlands, we all speak perfectly normally, it's other places that have funny accents and odd sayings. Wink


nelz wrote:

That's what they say in America too Very Happy


nelz wrote:

It appears that Midlanders can't understand perfectly normal English either Wink


How about willful misinterpretation Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Mind you. I was over in the states this summer, and I made a "REAL" effort to tone my geordie right down, and speak clearly and properly but no....

I get the old "So are you Irish/Scottish?"
and I was even called Welsh...by an Aussie??

So next time I go over, sod it. I gonna "Taak reet
propa Geordie and stuff 'em, theyr'e just gonna hav
te lorn to keep up" ..he he
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:16 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
How about willful misinterpretation Razz


You certainly leave plenty of room for it with that accent Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

nelz wrote:

You certainly leave plenty of room for it with that accent Razz


Don't blame me for the accent you read my posts in. Razz Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:50 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Do you mean you don't sound like Jasper Carrott? Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:11 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Apparently, Black country dialects are the closest currently spoken dialects to owd anglish.

loose me out noaw, o'll get me cawt
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:04 am    Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English lang Reply with quote

nelz wrote:
Do you mean you don't sound like Jasper Carrott? Razz


Correct. I have one of those accents which causes some people to say, "Yow didn't gow to skule round 'ere did yow?"
If I have an accent, it's a Sutton Coldfield accent, but without the pretentiously elongated vowels of those who wish to be thought posh (so, I don't pronounce bath as barth, or grass as grarse). And I tend to say rum instead of rooom.
I hope that's all clear now. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English Reply with quote

Over here we just have Newfies Smile (people from NewFoundLand - pronounced Newfinlend). Having been isolated for so long and only joining Canada in 1949 they speak with a strong accent and dialect.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
guy wrote:

My Mum used to say that if you mixed your vowel sounds up at random, you would be bound to come up with one Black Country accent or another, for example:

"May Merm yussed tuh saa thit ef yuh mexed yowr voowel soonds erp it rindaim, yuh would bey boond tuh cerm erp weth wern Blick Cerntreh iccent owr inerther."


Perhaps, if it's South African Black Country Confused


Rhakios, you should get out more. Try Wolverhampton or Merry Hill or Smethwick or Telford or Stoke on Trent or ....
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:12 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

I've never heard anyone use the i for another vowel substitution in the Midlands and I get out plenty, thanks.

Edit: In fact, if you had used u instead of i, that would have been a lot closer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:57 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Rhakios, never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:50 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Go on, you're a newspaper journalist, aren't you?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:49 am    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

A warning for my fellow Cumbrians to heed: "tots" means children in the West Country, and not sweets. So in the presence of a young lady, it's not wise to say "I really fancy some tots now".

Oh dear.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language Reply with quote

Got slapped once did you, Mike? Smile
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