11 April 2008

Linguistic curiosities

For some reason, I'm captivated by foreign accents, and I love reading transcriptions of foreign and regional accents. So I had a lot of fun reading ibiblio's 404 page. Excerpts:

American South
Ah cain't find th' page yer lookin' fer.
Cockney
No chance luv, carrnt find it neever.
English (Bristolian Accent)
I casn't find what thee bist lookin' fer, me babber.
English (East African- Kikuyu)
Da paej yu ah lookin fo eiz not avaerabouh.
English (Lancastrian dialect)
Weers yon page geet to? T'int 'ere!
English (Yorkshire dialect)
Sithi, it's noreer, issit?

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