15977Re: The Professor Speaks
- Sep 5, 2005Of course there are different accents in Rhode Island. Just like a
Massachusetts accent is very different in Boston than it is say in
Attleboro or Fall River.
The immigrant twist on Rhode Island accents is what I am getting at,
not a foreign accent. In North Providence (my hometown) has a Rhode
Island accent very different than the stereotype Rhode Island accent
from say Warwick. North Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, Johnston and
most of Providence were Italian and a few Greek neighborhoods up until
the 1970's or so. This is still somewhat true of the first three
communities. Burrillville, North Smithfield and Woonsocket have and
still are mostly people of French-Canadian descent. East Providence,
Bristol and Warren (most of the East Bay) is Portuguese. The accents
from these places are all very distinct. They all have the base model
Rhode Island accents, but the people who have lived there the past 2-4
generations have compounded it with other influences, created
individual accents in each community.
--- In TolkienDiscussions@yahoogroups.com, "Neal D. O'Brien"
> Say what, George?immigrants have
> Where I come from - the Boston area, ninety miles away from you - the
> natives have provided the local accent and the children of
> assimilated. That's also been true in the parts of Providence where I'vespeak
> been. Are you saying that there are many immigrants in your area who
> English with a foreign accent, or are you saying immigrants have changedsays.
> the way Rhode Islanders speak English? The former may be true but I find
> the latter very doubtful. I offer the example of our beloved mayor of
> Italian descent, Tom Menino, or "Mumbles," whose old Yankee accent is so
> deep that even old Yankees can only understand about half of what he
> It's been a while since I heard a recording of JRRT's voice, but
> speak English with a South African accent? It was not Etonian, as Irecall,
> but I'm prepared to be corrected.
> --[Original Message]--
> To: TolkienDiscussions@yahoogroups.com
> From: "George" <greekss454@y...>
> Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 02:14:50 -0000
> Subject: [TolkienDiscussions] Re: The Professor Speaks
> That's a low blow...in pompous English vernacular...
> I have seen that quote before though. Where I come from (Greater
> Providence, Rhode Island), the accent is mainly due to southern
> European immigrants twist on English.
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