July 24, 2008

I love a good dialect but these days it’s all “as if” and “woteva” and frankly everyone’s starting to sound the same.

I’ll stop now. I sound so old!

But anyway, the BBC has a nice story on dialects and a university study that’s been collecting them. They use nets and, occasionally, long prong-like devices fashioned with a fork at one end.

And here’s what they sound like.


4 Responses to “Dialects”

  1. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    I know this is obvious, but what I can’t get over with U.K. regional accents is that these three example accents are separated from London by the about the same distance that separates Auckland from Taupo.

    I wonder how long it would take for regional accents to seriously spring up in New Zealand, if all of a sudden we couldn’t travel extensively: two generations, three?

  2. audent Says:

    many thousands of years passed to generate those regional differences… I seem to remember reading something at Radio NZ’s Auckland studio (they have quotes on the walls there) about Maori listeners to RNZ in the early days checking carefully to see whether the famous Maori presenter was talking properly or slipping in his Tuhoi dialect… I think it was Tuhoi.

    I also seem to recall (but CBA googling) that the Falkland Islanders have an accent very similar to New Zealanders… maybe it’s the sheep wot dunnit?

  3. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    Yeah, I heard that one about Falkland Islanders. From my armchair I think part of the reason is that the origin of Falkland Islanders have a simular mix to Pakeha New Zealanders. South England (London) plus high proportions of Scottish from about the same period.

    When comparing to Australians pre World War II, Australia’s population started a generation or two earlier, and had higher proportions of Irish Catholics owing to H.M. Courts export policy of such, and gold rushes occuring close to the potato famine.

    Could be wrong… not really an expert.

  4. audent Says:

    Sounds reasonable though. And avoids the sheep issue of course.. double plus good.

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