Chesapeake Bay dialects dying: Washington Post.
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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.
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