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yorkshire dialect

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jake waddington

on 27 March 2013

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West Yorkshire
Dialect & Accent By Jake Waddington Social Attitudes Glottal Stop Media Influences Vowels Attitudes towards Yorkshire
folk ! Roman & Viking Settlers Uprisings & Manufacturing Background Information First Settlers The Yorkshire accent is perceived as a friendly accent
along with Geordie and Glaswegian. Soaps like 'Emmerdale' stereotype that all Yorkshire folk live in villages and are all farmers. The region was first occupied after the retreat of the ice age around 8000 BC. During the first millennium AD it was occupied by Romans, Angles and Vikings. Many Yorkshire dialect words and aspects of pronunciation derive from old Norse[1] due to the Viking influence in this region. The name, Yorkshire, first appeared in writing in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1065. It was originally composed of three sections called Thrydings, subsequently referred to as Ridings.

The area proved to be notable for uprisings and rebellions through to the Tudor period. During the industrial revolution, the West Riding became the second most important manufacturing area in the United Kingdom, while the predominant industries of the East and North Ridings remained fishing and agriculture. In modern times, the Yorkshire economy suffered from a decline in manufacturing which affected its traditional coal, steel, wool and shipping industries. Yorkshire was effectively part of the Roman Empire from 71 AD to about 410 AD. Initially, Roman advances in Britain stopped at the River Don, the southern boundary of the Brigantian territory. in America the Yorkshire accent is thought to be the most romantic. The Vikings arrived in the 9th Century and carved the county up into 'thrithings' or thirds. These 'Thirds' would later be called the North, East and West Ridings. These administrative boundaries remained intact for well over one thousand years. In 1974 they were abolished but although the old county lines may have been broken up and consigned to the history books in terms of mapping and local authority control, they still continue to exist on a much more subtle level - by virtue of our local dialect, in other words: what we say and how we say it!
The Yorkshire accent is seen as a working accent Not one person has the same Yorkshire accent as a other Yorkshire speaker. Features of Phonology Vowels

Some older dialect speakers employ this sound after w in words like wasp and swan
ah as in cart
e as in bed
ee as in feel
i as in bit
o as in pot
aw as in saw
u as in foot
oo as in gloom Diphthongs aa thus naame (roughly nay-em) for name
ooa (roughly oo-er) so that words such as floor, door and afore become flooar, dooar and afooar.
ow as in browt, owt and nowt (i.e. brought, anything and nothing). The realization of this sound is not equivalent to the Standard English pronunciation of now but more like aw-oo
oi used in such WR words as coit, throit and 'oil (i.e. coat, throat and hole)
eea appears in words like again, death and street (pronounced ageean, deeath and streeat) Kellett (1992) observes that <t> is often replaced by a glottal stop which provides such renderings as :

ge' i' e'en (i.e. gerr it etten)
get it eaten
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