QUOTE (0bs3n3 @ Dec 29 2009, 10:56 AM)
So I was watching this episode of Top Gear and they were mocking people from Cheffield. And it got me thinking, why are there so many different accents on such a small island? Being a predominately British forum, can anyone give me a brief rundown of the major ones? How geographically separated are they?
You mean Sheffield. There's quite a lot of local dialects, you have to remember we've been invaded countless times by the Vikings, Normans, Romans, Angles, Saxons and many others. Then there were the indigenous celtic tribes already living here.
Generally I think Cornwall has a pretty standard accent which isn't too noticeable. Then heading up to London you have various dialects, a third of London is made up of the Pakistani, Indian and other communities, so those factor in alot and influence the accents there. In the East-end of London there's a strong accent which I won't refer to as cockney because it's so outdated, but it's like it. The most noticeable trait of this accent is the removal of the 'H' at the beginning of words, with also extends to some words beginning with 'Wh'. We also have this in Essex, being just East of London, and we're regarded as I guess the equivilant of Alabama in America - yokels that nobody can understand, the scum of society, but this mainly refers to the south of Essex (the part i'm from) along the Thames estuary rather than rural Northern Essex. Although I do talk in the usual Essex drawl when i'm with friends I wouldn't say my accent's that bad, I frequently use large long-winded words quite competently. Unfortunately, the common chav is rife here, with wiggers trying to sound like ghetto gangstas, making them barely comprehensible, but it makes them look "cool" and "hard".
I'm not going to go into detail about other accents because it'll be nothing more than a long, uneducated and unverified laugh at their expense, but i'll say this; Liverpool and Manchester have fucking hideous accents. I've never visited anywhere North of Stevenage so I guess in that respect i'm lucky. The Midlands and the North have many different accents, which can vary from town to town.
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No, we all talk completely perfectly, there are no dialects or regional accents, and everybody charmingly and politely waves to each other in the street, before offering them a cup of tea and a crumpet. In fact, the way we are depicted on Family Guy is totally
accurate, and nobody ever ever
gets stabbed or shot since we're too girly for weaponry. It's such a wonderful life.