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:
>>>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
>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
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".
>>>however. The accent in the TV show ("Dalziell and Pascoe") was, I
>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.
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]