November 28th, 2007

Charles has a posse
  • joyuna

Tangier's 'Elizabethan' accent

I was wondering if anyone could help me find videos or sound clips online displaying the accent of Tangier Island, Virginia. We watched a film today in my linguistics class about various regional accents of English in the US, and this one absolutely grabbed me. I would love to hear more of it - the speech in the video was totally incomprehensible to me, but so *interesting*!

I've done a little bit of googling, checked the Speech Accent Archive and IDEA, but all I could find was this short video which isn't a great example.

If anyone has any other various information about the accent too, articles, websites, what-have-you, that would be great.
rovás, varpho
  • varpho

first record of a language

in Polish, the first written down sentence is "Day ut ia pobrusa, a ti poziwai" 'let me mill and you shall rest',
in Hungarian it's "feheruuaru rea meneh hodu utu rea" 'up the military road to Fehérvár' [and the first longer texts starts with "Latiatuc feleym zumtuchel mic vogmuc. yſa pur eſ chomuv uogmuc." 'You see, my brethren, with your eyes, what we are! Lo (and behold), we are dust and ashes.'],
in Finnish it's [according to Wikipedia] "Mynna tachton gernast spuho somen gelen Emyna dayda." 'I willingly want to speak Finnish, [but] I cannot', which i particularly liked.

what are the oldest preseved written records of other languages?

there is a page on Wikipedia, but maybe someone knows something more or something interesting. :)

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Online TEFL

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The Arabic letter "ghayin"

Hi All,

This week in Arabic class the professor was telling us that the letter Ghayin (looks like a backwards 3 with a dot over it - sorry I don't have Arabic on this computer) actually sounds very similar to the Israeli pronounciation of the Hebrew letter "Reish" (ר).  As many students were having trouble pronouncing some of the Arabic sounds, she told us this one shouldn't be hard at all, as we're all Israeli and can easily pronounce the Reish.  But nobody (including me) could get the connection.  She pointed out that the Reish and the "G" sound both come from the same place in the throat and that "Baghdad" is pronounced roughly as "ברדד", which left me muttering that word to myself all day trying to find the connection.  And if it sounds like a "Reish", why is it transliterated as "gh"?

Does anyone know of any linguistic reasons behind this?  I'm stumped.
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Linguistic Survey

 One of this community's moderators ( goodboi) recommended that I post this here.

EDIT:::I understand there has been some confusion, I apologise, I meant for this survey to be for everyone, world wide, not just Americans but anyone who speaks English.

 Okay, for my Language Studies class I have to write a final paper.  I have created a survey much like one taken in the United States in 1963.  I need this survey filled out by as many people as possible by sunday at the latest.  The purpose of this survey is to compare the linguistic trends of the U.S. of 1963 to a more international group today and how they've changed during this "technological revolution".

I humbly request that you take a few minutes to fill out this survey in the hopes of helping out a poor anthropology/archeology student with her final.  You can answer back in a comment or in an E-mail as I understand the issue of privacy, i am not asking for names, addresses or phone numbers and I will not hound, pursue, or follow you if you respond.  I will,however, hare the results of this research if you so request it.  

The survey deals with which words you and those in your age bracket and region use most frequently.

I thank you very much in advance and hope you are just as interested in the outcome of my research as I and my professor are.

Thank you SOO much, my E-mail is cordelia . tyler @ yahoo . com without all those spaces.

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