[Ads-l] BBC video: How a US island kept hold of its 17th Century dialect

dave@wilton.net dave at WILTON.NET
Thu Jul 1 16:51:19 EDT 2021


The video itself is rather good--it's basically Walt Wolfram explaining a topic that he's an expert in.
 
The headline is unfortunate and inaccurate. As Wolfram points out in the video, the dialect has been changing continually since the 17th century, like any other dialect. But the fact that it's been isolated until recently means that it has changed in different ways than other North American dialects.
 
 
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This video was published last week on the BBC: How a US island kept hold of its 17th Century dialect - BBC Reel<https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09m94fy/how-a-us-island-kept-hold-of-its-17th-century-dialect>

I'd be interested to hear American opinions on this video.

It seems to have been done as a second anniversary of this article: The US island that speaks Elizabethan English - BBC Travel<https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20190623-the-us-island-that-speaks-elizabethan-english>


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