HD: 24 Dialects in 8 minutes
Posted: 11 June 2012 03:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Quite an astounding demonstration

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Posted: 11 June 2012 04:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Pretty good on the Australian.

Loved the hyperaspiration in the Liverpudlian. :-)

Welsh ... I want him to work on his /əʊ/. Irish ... I want him to work on his /aʊ/. The short o in “cross” the “Italian English” should have been more ɔ like, right? Other bits and bobs needed patching. And where was the NZ?

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Posted: 11 June 2012 01:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Pretty good, but I was aware in a lot of cases that it was someone imitating the accent, not speaking it naturally.  Strange how nobody seems able to imitate South African 100% correctly.

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Posted: 11 June 2012 05:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Seems to me there’s a stack of variation in “South African English” anyway, right? The Afrikaans speakers (when speaking English) don’t sound like the native English speakers, and of course the Xhosa speakers sound different again.

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Posted: 11 June 2012 10:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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By “South African” I mean the accent of native English speakers, which is what he was imitating, not the Afrikaans, Venda, Xhosa, Tswana etc whose second language is English. If you mean variation within SA, there are slight regional variations between the four provinces, but comparatively little within the provinces, apart from obvious dialect groups such as Cape Coloured (or whatever the PC term is now), whose first language is usually Afrikaans anyway.  I imagine this is similar to Australia - or not? I’d be interested to hear.

Contrast this with the accents in the UK, which vary even from one side of town to another.

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Posted: 11 June 2012 10:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I suppose that’s the normal meaning of South African English but I just figured I should muddy the waters with a sidetrack.

imagine this is similar to Australia - or not? I’d be interested to hear.

I gave some information on that topic in this thread.
http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/forums/viewthread/3557/

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Posted: 12 June 2012 12:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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From that thread:

The Brits (Poms, as we call them) never miss an opportunity to remind us that Australia was born in shame, a colony built by their worst offenders, and later filled by the rejecta of proper countries.

Damn.  I missed that one.

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Posted: 12 June 2012 12:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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There’ll be another right along.

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Posted: 16 June 2012 09:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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The redneck accent totally got me. Love it! He sure likes dropping the f-bomb.

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