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On 07/31/2013 03:50 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)


In England we have a lot of different types of 'English' some of which are completely 
incomprehensible to an outsider living as far as 30miles away.  None of my family ever understood 
my Gran for example, but she was always there offering cups of tea with a rock-hard scone or 
porridge only slightly less runny than cement (actually it was all good stuff really but don't 
tell her that).  In the case of cockney that was a deliberate attempt to avoid passing anything 
onto "the old bill" by accident.  Liverpudlian and Geordie are perhaps due to different peoples 
having invaded us at different times and different kingdoms all over the place or different 
tribes claiming different parts.  I'm sure it's much the same in any other country.

Regards from 
Is this still true? I am aware that it was true in the past, but I would
have thought that with radio, TV and movies, that the local
dialects would have mostly disappeared.  But what do I know. sitting
here on the other side of the pond, where dialects really have pretty
much disappeared.

(55 years ago, when I was in the Air Force here, I ran into some boys
from the backwoods of Kentucky, and they spoke a dialect that was
reminiscent of what you read in Shakespeare. I'm pretty sure that's
all gone, now. We get news reports with interviews of the locals from
all over the US, and there's very little "drawl" even. Probably those
of us in New York or Boston have more of a unique accent today. Altho
there is a woman reading commercials on KSEY-FM, in Seymore, TX, who
really sounds hillbilly! [KSEY is accessible by the Net, and plays
classic country music.])

I ask this OT question because I have been interested in language
all my life, and I notice accents. And of course, if _you_ can't
understand some folks in Merry Olde, surely I couldn't!


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