Thursday, January 2, 2014

Teaching Geordie to Americans

Here's a little piece I have up at the BBC America web site at the moment. Don't know if you're familiar with the Geordie accent but it's really hard to write it phonetically.

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  1. That was really interesting. I had always thought that Geordie was another way of referring to a Scots accent (something that will make both groups cringe, I'm sure- sorry!)because some of the words they use are similar (have only seen them in writing.) As a linguist, though, I'm really intrigued by the old Angle words that are still used in the Geordie dialect - my interest was piqued when I realized that 'ken' was used much the way the German verb 'kennen'(to know/be familiar with) was. I took a linguistics course relating to Indo-european languages in grad school and should probably remember more of this sort of detail - sadly, I don't. I still find it fascinating, though. Will you do one on Yorkshire dialect next? I'm sure I'm not the only North American woman who read Francis Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden' as a child and wondered exactly what 'broad Yorkshire' sounded like...

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