Hello, and welcome to the Season 4, Episode 07 of the Bones & Bobbins Podcast!
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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 4, Episode 07: Wait. Where did YOU come from?
S04E07: American islands that never lost their British accents (from the 16 and 1700s) and the unnatural origins of the Transatlantic Accent.
Learn some new (old) phrases from Hoi Toiders, Outer Banks Brogue speakers, and the folks who live on Tangier Island, Smith Island, and other isolated seafaring outposts in the Chesapeake Bay who never quite lost their British accents. Then, brace yourself, because the engineered linguistic weirdness that is the Transatlantic Accent is coming for you from a past that never was!
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Haley: American places that still speak British accents…from the 16 and 1700s
- The tiny US island with a British accent: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20180206-the-tiny-us-island-with-a-british-accent
- A Life Less Ordinary– Voices of Tangier Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upKqzxuJ5L4
- North Carolin: The Carolina Brogue: Outer Banks Vocabulary: https://youtu.be/jgi9wYsR5fo
- Ocracoke Brogue for Dingbatters: https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/currents/2018/05/ocracoke-brogue-for-dingbatters/
- Meet the Americans Who Speak with Elizabethan English Accents: An Introduction to the “Hoi Toiders” from Ocracoke, North Carolina: https://www.openculture.com/2019/12/the-americans-who-still-speak-with-regional-british-english-accents.html
- Hoi Toiders: https://www.ncpedia.org/hoi-toiders
- The Island of the Time Before: https://roadsandkingdoms.com/2015/the-island-of-the-time-before/
- Neither modern nor Shakespearean, Smith Island’s English is unique: https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2018/09/24/smith-island-unique-english/1346734002/
- Smith Island Accent: https://youtu.be/J2-O-cdA9dU
- When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/29761/when-did-americans-lose-their-british-accents
Natali: Transatlantic Accent
- Wiki https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Atlantic_accent
- Let Them Talk Video “Learn the Transatlantic Accent” https://youtu.be/IL2MJ8rQ12E
- Atla article https://www.altalang.com/beyond-words/the-trans-atlantic-accent/
- Collider article https://collider.com/katharine-hepburn-mid-atlantic-accent/
- Atlas obscura https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-fake-british-accent-took-old-hollywood-by-storm
- The Atlantic Article https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/08/the-rise-and-fall-of-katharine-hepburns-fake-accent/278505/
- Acadamia Edu paper https://www.academia.edu/34528944/The_history_and_the_use_of_the_transatlantic_accent_in_Hollywood
- This Was a Thing Podcast- “Transatlantic Accent; Or, What Is That Old Timey Movie Voice https://www.audible.com/pd/Transatlantic-Accents-Or-What-Is-That-Old-Timey-Movie-Voice-Podcast/B09VFR89JX?clientContext=134-5243912-4304328&ds_rl=1261256&gclid=Cj0KCQjw8NilBhDOARIsAHzpbLD_R-X2Mragjz1izjkCKCHUpcoZnX_4zDqGsYHd3EYLTWxDwsy2n5AaAmhOEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&loginAttempt=true&noChallengeShown=true&source_code=GO1GB547041122911E
- Henry Sweet’s Handbook of Phonetics https://archive.org/details/ahandbookphonet00sweegoog/page/n4/mode/2up
- Edith Skinner’s Speak with Distinction https://archive.org/details/speak-with-distinction-skinner-edith
- National Llibrary of Medicine article about Rhoticity in English through the Social Class https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9120598/#:~:text=Rhoticity%20in%20English%20refers%20to,sound%20in%20particular%20r%20positions
- Book recommended in intro: Dirty Laundry: Why Adults with ADHD Are So Ashamed and What We Can Do to Help: https://www.goodreads.com/nl/book/show/85807303