Chesapeake Bay dialects dying: Washington Post.

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Sat Feb 19 05:50:56 UTC 2005

Bay's Dialects Slowly Dying
As Watermen Leave and Washington Encroaches, Distinct Sounds Disappear

By David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 19, 2005; Page A01
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  Linguists are careful to stress that there is not one single
Chesapeake Bay dialect but rather a vast array of different accents and

There are distinctively southern speakers, like Tidewater Virginians who
say "kyar" when they mean "car." Further north are the residents of
"Bawlmer, Merlin," and along the Eastern Shore, in isolated waterman's
communities, people turn "wife" into "wuife."

But to the west of this cacophony, there is Washington -- a demographic
behemoth, breaker of dialects.

Dan Goodman
Predictions and Politics
All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
John Arbuthnot (1667-1735), Scottish writer, physician.

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