- Tidewater accent
Tidewater Accent is an
American English accentand is also a dialect.
It is spoken in the coastal
Eastern SeaboardRegion of the United Statesfrom the Pine Barrens of southern New Jerseyto the Outer Banksof North Carolina. It is principally associated with the Tidewater region of Virginia, including the Hampton Roadsregion, and with the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
This accent was 'inherited' from the early English settlers, and has evolved for 400 years in most of the region. A notable exception of interest to
linguists is tiny isolated Tangier Islandin the Chesapeake Baybecause its people speak a totally unique dialectof American English, hypothesized to be nearly unchanged since the days of its first occupation by English colonists. Each of the original surnames and several of the present surnames on the island originated in the British Islesparticularly Cornwall.
House is pronounced houes,
Out is pronounced ouet,
A Thousand is pronounced ah thoesend,
Wipe is pronounced wahp,
Wash is pronounced warsh,
Store is pronounced stow,
A speaker of the tidewater accent pronounces words like a modern Irish or
Englishmen, but the accent sounds similar to a southern accent.
peakers of the Tidewater accent:
John Warner(U.S. Senator)
Tidewater region of Virginia
* [http://www.baconsrebellion.com/Issues05/05-09/Curious.htm Virginia’s Many Voices]
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