can't help but read this in a british accent

@hailey *in a drunken pub voice* YER AN ABSOLUTE PATH MATE INNIT

@hailey I totally nailed it, and somewhere in the universe I heard my British mother scream “for goodness sake it’s ISN’T IT not INIT”😂

@hailey it started Shakespearean then turned rapidly into Estuary. Brilliant.

@hailey hope there’s a nullptr check above tho

@hailey the more I say it, the funnier it gets 😂😂


I imagine Brits get really excited about their debuggers.

@hailey Yes but *which* British #accent in the #uk in particular? There are so many to choose from! I can barely understand it if I think of my FIL with his Lancs accent..

@tashLDN @hailey MIL had received pronounciation (RP) FIL was from Lancs. listening to the pair of them talk was interesting. FIL sounded like he had marbles in his mouth all the time. I'd guess you meant RP but #accents are interesting !

@Dianora @hailey nah lol - innit ain’t RP. It’s how people in London actually speak innit…

But then I can’t always tell Lancs from Yorkshire… 😳

@tashLDN @hailey Ah righto. I think even the Queen while she was still alive was losing her RP accent and getting more of a London South England accent. I have heard stories that some parts of the UK people speak closer to Old Norse which isn't really surprising at all. Certainly the channel islands!

@Dianora @hailey I have always tended to switch off when the queen speaks tbh, but I don’t think she has ever sounded like anything other than the extreme posh wing of RP. Maybe RP has adjusted a bit to more normal London / SE sounds. I think the Geordies and Mackems up in the NE might be the nearest to Norse - and the east coast of England generally has Norse influence on place names etc as that’s the old Danelaw territory

@tashLDN @hailey Yes she had always sounded posh but a bit of softening towards the end was there. Yes those old Viking place names not to mention the Viking genes mixed into the UK. ;)

@hailey @Dianora …and even more embarrassing than mixing up Lancs accents with Yorkshire would be me trying to tell Americans from Canadians - a problem you may well have encountered before with people from my miserable island…

@tashLDN @hailey It's easy! Just listen for the eh? Actually some people in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan say 'eh' too. We also have the "Canadian rising" thing going on which to non-Canadian trained ears sounds like we say 'aboot' instead of 'about' #linguistics

@Dianora @hailey Québécois French is interesting too - definitely a difference compared with French from France but hard to put your finger on it…

@tashLDN @hailey What is really cool is Quebec city french. It is so beautiful it's actually closer to old french than modern french french. It's also interesting Quebec french adopts Anglo words like crazy much like the Germans do. My french is very very rusty these days. :-(

@Dianora @hailey yes I think American English is also closer to very old English, not sure about Canadian English. Do you use words like “gotten”? I think both French and English forked after the point where the colonisers turned up on your continent, with each side of the Atlantic developing from the same starting point but separately

@tashLDN @hailey Yes gotten is used. For a long time Chesterfield was used for couch. I live in the #ottawa valley which used to have (still does i places) a very wild accent/dialect. I mean "Those kine in the field " for cows in the field kind of thing. There is the so-called Ottawa Valley twang too. We had a lot of influence from the Irish immigrants. Of course I have that twang but I also have the ability to rapidly pick up accents which can be embarrassing! Canada does have regional accents (usually not as dramatic as the UK except for ... #newfoundland ;) ) TV/Radio has homogenized the accent a bit but I still detect it when traveling.

@Dianora @tashLDN @hailey I still say "chesterfield" for a sofa (Eastern Ontario, Lake Ontario/St Lawrence). I also say "gotten", as in "It's gotten cold out." And "metal", "medal", and "middle" are homophones for me, while "which" and "witch" are allophones.

@david_megginson @tashLDN @hailey It says in your bio you were a medieval philologist so you had some training in #linguistics and #phonology of course. ;) I never learned IPA :-( but I can hear the differences.

@tashLDN @Dianora @hailey I read that the distinct Boston accent came later, as an attempt to re-adopt British english (as a sign of status?)

I still to this day remember the day (as a child) when I heard a Massachusetts guy talking about a cAH pAHked in a pAHking lot. (me: shaking head).

You have to pronounce that like a crow caw-ing, but with your mouth stretched really wide, LOL.

@deborahh @tashLDN @hailey Pittsburgh area has 'youse guys' I read a language log article about that years ago. Apparently came from migrants up from the deep south coming up to work at the steel mills.

@Dianora @deborahh @tashLDN @hailey This is one of my favorite video series on accents (huge fascination of mine!). Singer is a dialect coach—he talks about subtle differences between accents, why some sound alike and where they came from, and throughout slips into each one without missing a beat.

@castillar @Dianora @tashLDN @hailey Oh, very cool!
Did you watch The Expanse scifi series? There is a fascinating made-up dialect there, and I'm curious if the series you linked might help me understand what it's about.
I wonder all the time: how did they learn to talk like that so (apparently) comfortably? :-)

@deborahh @Dianora @tashLDN @hailey I haven’t seen it, but he did do a separate video on invented languages like Klingon and Sindarin, examining all the different sounds that went into them and the languages they were based on! He’s also done several videos examining actors’ accents in movies, pointing out where they sound authentic, which ones sound more comfortable with other accents, and so forth. I just love stuff like that!

@tashLDN @Dianora @hailey People would stop and really stare when my colleague and I spoke Montreal french in Paris and Geneva, LOL.

"Where are they FROM?!" they thought, and occasionally asked.

@deborahh @tashLDN @hailey Yes! hah I apologise my french is really rusty but reading it better and better now. The french around here is also 'tainted' with the #ottawa valley accents. "Quand?" sounds like a duck quack.

@Dianora @tashLDN @hailey that's funny:
"Quand?" sounds like a duck quack.
Where I come from it sounds exactly like a crow's call.
But NOT like a pAHked cAH.

@tashLDN @hailey Oh! I have a story about that! Once when at a play one of the character (UK) mistook a Canadian for a Yank. The Canadian character said something like "Fuck you please I'm not a yank thank you very much" and the house was brought down when the UK character responded "Oh yes you did say please." #plays #canada I wish I could remember the exact lines but it doesn't matter. One of the local play houses here in #ottawa

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