Ottawa Valley Twang


Ottawa Valley Twang

Ottawa Valley Twang is the accent, sometimes referred to as a dialect of English, that is spoken in the Ottawa Valley, in Ontario, Canada.[1] The Ottawa Valley is considered to be a linguistic enclave within Ontario, in the same manner that Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is within the Maritime Provinces.[2] Ottawa Valley Twang originated with the Irish settlers of the valley the 1840s.[3][4]

The Ottawa Valley 'brogue' is also explored in Ian Pringle, Enoch Padolsky The Linguistic Survey of the Ottawa Valley The American Speech, Vol. 58, No. 4 (Winter, 1983), pp. 325–344. According to Pringle and Padolsky, there are at least ten distinct varieties of English in the Ottawa valley (326).

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