Posted by Doc M on November 15, 1999 at 13:04:41:
In Reply to: Re: Speaking of Accents posted by Rich on November 15, 1999 at 11:54:43:
: : My husband had heard that the Virginia Tidewater accent is actually the way the first colonials from England spoke. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this?
: : Dana S.
: Yes, there is truth to this. There is a specific place, the name of which escapes me, but yeah, it's basically true!
I've also heard that this was true about some of the real
oldtimers living on the Outer Banks of NC. And there may
be a few pockets left in the Appalachians where you can
hear traces of it, but it's dying out rapidly. There are
two really good books that talk about this, both by
Horace Kephart -- "Our Southern Highlanders" and "Smoky
Mountain Voices." And how about the music? The more I
listen to traditional Irish and Scots music and bluegrass,
you hear all the parallels. Fascinating stuff.
I know, I know -- an unusual Doc M. post. It happens
once in a while. Maybe I got hit in the head! VBG!
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