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Old 03-22-2008, 05:18 PM   #1
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Yes, thinking of it I suppose there'd be no harm in trying. I mean it's probably the best thing to do instead of using 12 year old software - I don't even use half the functions on it anymore anyway. Again, thanks for recommending it, I'll probably have a look at the trial after the Easter bank holiday (the whole country's off work for the next two days due to it being a national holiday).

Oh, and with the accent, I don't really type with it, but ah 'spose if wey'd be talkin' laa'k we do 'round 'ere, then wey'd probly be speakin' summit laa'k this realli' - afta a nice bit o' stew pot fer yer brekkie, washed dahn witha pot a tea.

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Ah! I had a friend from England who sounded like that!

Now how do you do with Brooklynese (not that I speak it, you understand!)?

Thank god for accents. English is a great language.

   
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:34 AM   #2
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Well, it didn’t hurt Lord Tennyson, who had, as everyone can still hear, a broad Lincolnshire accent.

   
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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I was once in a conference where one of the "suits" of a company stepped up on the podium - suit and all - to give a talk to a big audience and as soon as he opened his mouth there was a (shocked?) absolute silence in the room: what came out was English with a very "broad" Cockney accent. He could have stepped straight out of "Eastenders", and his accent was stronger than that of most characters in that series.

I still wonder whether he may not have used that on purpose, it was quite effective in getting the attention of the audience.

   
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:06 AM   #4
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Unless you say what the conference was about (though I doubt it was about linguistics), or where it was, there's nothing remarkable about that; nor, for that matter, is there anything remarkable about a suit—for a man.

   
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:26 AM   #5
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Ah! I had a friend from England who sounded like that!

Now how do you do with Brooklynese (not that I speak it, you understand!)?

Thank god for accents. English is a great language.
Youbetcha, and I sure wouldn't mind a cawfee with my boid tonight! Although that was a poor imitation, I think I know what you mean - that's the first accent I hear in my head when talking about America. Second to that lovely, Southern, country one. Love Dolly Parton's accent (I hope I'm not on me own either).

Unfortunately, the arrogant Southerners in this country (notably cockneys) despise us Northerners - I get given horrid looks and upturned noses if I'm in Kent or London.
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Ladies from the home counties (Surrey, Kent, Middlesex etc) - like my wife - do speak proper, but speak though their teeth so you still cannot understand what they are rabbiting on about.

   
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I'm surprised at that - London is cosmopolitan these days, so you are unlikely (IME) to be looked down on for an accent, from whatever part of the country or world.

Such discrimination seems rather unusual to me. My husband is a Mancunian, and I don't ever remember him being looked down upon when we lived in Berkshire. Nor was I scoffed at when we visited his home city.
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I produce a monthly mag for the local civic society in Desborough, which has an accent all of its own. A reader has contributed a story about winter snow in Desborough in the 1950s, written in the Desborough dialect. Here's a bit of it – see if you can work out what's been said:

Them wer th dayz wen it snowd bukitzful, an it stopt on th flawer wen it frez uvvernite. Inkloodin insyde yer winderz inn yer bedrume, yer noo wen yer warked dairn ter skool an yer lukked upp an seen orl the fairciz skrached in th frorst, yer noo it wer tyme ter bild er noo slej. Cuz th larst wun yer bilt ad bin chopt up fer stikz ter lite th frunt rume fyre.
Mam, kan yer corl in Arviz an get sum fawer inch naylz, an sum inch an arf az well wen yer kum um dinnurtyme. Wot appund ter orl th wunz wee ad, wee bilt er noo rabit uch dint wee an yoozed orl onnum. An thatz summat yer gunna gedda clip rownd th earole fer wen yer dad seez yer, yer yoozed orl iz skrewz azwell. Dint wonnit ter forl ter bitz, cuz yoo sed ter mek it strung, an wee dunnit strung dint wee. Wotz Dad werkin, artnoonz, gud, ee mite ferget orl abowt um arter er week, dawnt remynd im Mam cuz iz andz er az ard az naylz an it urtz.
Skool wer er pairn inn th nek cuz th winderz wer orl bilt igh upp th warl, an wen yer wur bent uvver yer rithmutik buk yer ad ter sorta evva kwik luk an ope Jak Plairn dint kach yer. Cuz yer adda ding rownd th earole if ee did, yer wer unny lukkin ter see wether it wer thorin, wich wud put th mokkerz on yer slejin. Ennyway, lung divishun tuk sekund plairce ter th plannin ov th noo slej. Mam wer getting th naylz, orl wot wer needid woz sum wud an sum runnerz.
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The spelling is curious, but not the accent. Perhaps it would be better in IPA (not the beer).

   
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Even I can follow some of it, and probably more if I spend more time on it. Just say it aloud in your head (or is that 'yer ead'?)

   
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