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Re: CHAT: R: Re: CHAT: Blandness (was: Uusisuom's influences)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, April 6, 2001, 18:57
At 7:20 pm -0400 5/4/01, Roger Mills wrote:
>Ray Brown wrote: > >>At 11:56 pm -0400 4/4/01, Roger Mills wrote: >>[snip] >>>slang/idioms, or some of each? I hear items from the BBC over our public >>>radio network-- most of it's RP, though for some reason the man who talks >>>about sport usually has a regional accent of some sort-- >> >>That's de_facto mandatory now-a-days - region depends upon the sport, to >>some extent.> > >So I kind-of figured out. Also, some of the regular news-readers aren't >totally RP-- I gather this introduction of other accents is considered quite >a plus, a radical step even...:-)
Yes, it was - but we've got so accustomed to it that few people notice it at all now.
>Still, they never go beyond the pale, as far as my understanding is >concerned.
That's right - I think the different broadcasting companies would draw the line at strong regional accent for news-broadcasts - not through bias, but just on grounds of comprehensibility.
>And it's interesting that your >regional accents seem to be more alive and well than ours.
Indeed - and they are not comprehensible to all English speakers on our small island. I have Scouse (from Toxteth in Liverpool, in fact) collegue at work who would be almost imcomprehensible if he spoke to us in his native dialect; so for the benefit of us southerners he adopts what he calls "poshed-up Scouse".
>>>never impenetrable, >>>however. The accent in the TV show ("Dalziell and Pascoe") was, I >suspect, >>>Scots >> >>Yorkshire, actually.> > >Aha. I have to confess my knowledge of British dialects comes mainly from >TV police imports-- "Cracker" and "Frost" are usually difficult. Thank God >for the late Morse, and the upper class twits on Poirot. (Somehow I suspect >these shows are long-gone from the UK.)
Not at all - on cable-TV we have a channels like UK-Gold that do nothing but keep showing these and other golden oldies ad infinitum. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================