Corsica has an Italian side and a French side. I'm descended from the di Paoli family of the Italian side. I can only assume that the French side sounded French, but perhaps had their own dialect?
On Apr 8, 2013, at 10:16 AM, annbwass@... wrote:
> But Napoleon wasn't French, either. He was Corsican--I'm sure that is yet another accent.
> Ann Wass
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> Subject: 1812 Napoleon's accent
> Amusing article on the front page of the Wall street journal today, about the guy who normally plays Napoleon at reenactments in France, and the contender for that role at the huge planned anniversary reenactment of Waterloo: a gentleman from Virginia. Quoting the WSJ - The Virginian, according to the Frenchman, "has an enormous flaw. He is an Anglo Saxon. Can you imagine Napoleon addressing his army with a ridiculous accent?" says (the Frenchman) sitting up straight. "The horror! the horror!"
> OT, sorry.
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