- West Midlands English
West Midlands English is a group of
dialects of the English language. The accenthas experienced ridicule within the UK for its unusual sound. Most English people do not realise the accent is a result of extensive migration to the region during the industrial revolution. Birmingham and its surrounding suburbs received people not only from Englandand Ireland, but also in smaller numbers from Walesand Scotland.
Certain areas of the West Midlands are stereotyped as having stronger accents than others,
Dudleybeing an example.
There are some local phrases that are renowned. People do tend to substitute a reply of "arr" for "yes". Generally, most words are shortened, most commonly being "I haven't" to "I ay".
Varieties of West Midlands English
* Black Country (Yam Yam)
Brummie(spoken in Birmingham)
* Potteries (North Staffordshire)
* [http://www.bl.uk/soundsfamiliar Sounds Familiar?] ndash Listen to examples of regional accents and dialects from across the UK on the British Library's 'Sounds Familiar' website
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