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Re: Where is the English language going? 2017/03/18 14:05:17 (permalink)
Come to NC's Outter Banks.  Specifically, Harker's Island.  They still speak with a thick Scottish Brogue in English. At least that's what I'm told.   They are called High Tiders.... pronounced roughly ....  Hoigh Toiders.  Head to the boat docks and strike up a conversation or just listen in. It sounds like a foreign language.

We played at a club out there a few decades back and the people requesting songs and trying to talk with the band.... wow.... that was really hard to understand what they were saying.

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Re: Where is the English language going? 2017/03/18 15:47:56 (permalink)
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Come to NC's Outter Banks.  Specifically, Harker's Island.  They still speak with a thick Scottish Brogue in English. At least that's what I'm told.   They are called High Tiders.... pronounced roughly ....  Hoigh Toiders.  Head to the boat docks and strike up a conversation or just listen in. It sounds like a foreign language.

We played at a club out there a few decades back and the people requesting songs and trying to talk with the band.... wow.... that was really hard to understand what they were saying.




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Re: Where is the English language going? 2017/03/18 16:10:15 (permalink)
According to that great documentary series "The Story of English", that island is the last place on earth where you can hear English spoken the way it was during colonial times. Second-least-changed English can be heard in the mountains of West Virginia. I point this out when my British friends accuse us Americans of mangling "their" language. Turns out, it has morphed a great deal no matter where it is spoken.


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Re: Where is the English language going? 2017/03/18 16:14:05 (permalink)
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Second-least-changed English can be heard in the mountains of West Virginia. 



Makes sense when you consider there's little to no genetic diversity in that region. 

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Re: Where is the English language going? 2017/03/22 21:52:19 (permalink)
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I have to say, I like the Queen's English. It makes me nostalgic because nearly everyone used to speak like that on TV when I was a kid. Take this 60's kids show, Mary Mungo and Midge, which I enjoyed as a wee bairn in the 1970's. The little girl in it, despite living at the top of a block of flats, speaks like Her Royal Majesty. There is no way in the world you would ever hear anyone in a British kids's TV show speaking like that now:
 





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