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RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:28 pm
by catgate
I know a chap who has very loose vowels

Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:03 pm
by Rhakios
Rhakios wrote:In the Midlands, we all speak perfectly normally, it's other places that have funny accents and odd sayings. ;)


nelz wrote:That's what they say in America too :D


nelz wrote:It appears that Midlanders can't understand perfectly normal English either ;)


How about willful misinterpretation :P

Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:24 pm
by GeordieJedi
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

Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:16 pm
by nelz
Rhakios wrote:How about willful misinterpretation :P


You certainly leave plenty of room for it with that accent :P

Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:38 pm
by Rhakios
nelz wrote:You certainly leave plenty of room for it with that accent :P


Don't blame me for the accent you read my posts in. :P :P

RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:50 pm
by nelz
Do you mean you don't sound like Jasper Carrott? :P

RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:11 pm
by wyliecoyoteuk
Apparently, Black country dialects are the closest currently spoken dialects to owd anglish.

loose me out noaw, o'll get me cawt

Re: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English lang

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:04 am
by Rhakios
nelz wrote:Do you mean you don't sound like Jasper Carrott? :P


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. :roll:

RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:52 pm
by donoreo
Over here we just have Newfies :) (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.

Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:13 pm
by guy
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 :?


Rhakios, you should get out more. Try Wolverhampton or Merry Hill or Smethwick or Telford or Stoke on Trent or ....

RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:12 pm
by Rhakios
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.

RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:57 pm
by guy
Rhakios, never let the truth get in the way of a good story. ;)

RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:50 pm
by Rhakios
Go on, you're a newspaper journalist, aren't you?

:)

RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:49 am
by M-Saunders
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.

M

RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:05 pm
by donoreo
Got slapped once did you, Mike? :)