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Re: Cloakroom

From:Peter Collier <petecollier@...>
Date:Thursday, May 15, 2008, 8:20
--- Eric Christopherson <rakko@...> wrote:

> On May 13, 2008, at 1:51 PM, Peter Collier wrote: > > This brings to mind an old joke, which requires > some familiarity > > with the Birmingham (UK)/Black Country accent to > fully appreciate: > > > > Q What's the difference between buffalo and bison? > > A "Yow cor wash yer onds in a buff'low" /jau) > kU: w&S j@ rOnz > > in @ bVfflau)/ - 'you can't wash your hands in a > buffalo' > > > > The joke being bison/basin are homophonous > (/boi)sn/) > > That's pretty cool. Where does <cor> /kU:/ come > from? Does <or> > correspond to /U:/ in other words?
The orthography was purely my attempt to 'write what I hear', I don't know if there is an agreed spelling. <cour>, and <core> would be equally valid to my eyes. I'm not 100% certain of the vowel quality either - In haste I plumped for /U:/, but on reflection I think it may be closer to /O:/ (in reality it seems to be somewhere between the two). Compared to RP there certainly seems to be an <a>/<o> correspondance which I understand to be a feature preserved form Mercian, e.g. <ond, ommer, mon> for <hand, hammer, man> There's a section about the dialect in the "Black Country" article in Wikipedia, including a picture of a road sign warning of likely traffic delays, written in the local vernacular ("If yow'm saft enuff ter cum dahn ere agooin wum, yowr tay ull be spile't")! P.