On 13/08/2013, Barton, Matthew wrote:
> Some years ago, the BBC released a brilliant CD series called "BBC
> Eyewitness," that offered a decade by decade survey of 20th Century
> English history, drawn from the archives of the BBC. For the years
> before the BBC's founding in the 1920s, they used clips from
> documentaries about that period that Beeb had produced. One of them
> included an interview with a schoolteacher who talked about the
> difficulty that she and others who were born, raised and trained in
> London faced when they were sent to teach at schools in places like
> Lancashire at the turn of the 20th Century. With no radio, movies or
> tv, the children, especially the youngest, had only ever heard the
> local dialect, and often could not understand the teachers at all.
> Some of these POWs would have been the same age as those kids.
As recently as 1970 I had difficulty buying butter in a shop in the
North East of England because of the local pronunciation. I was offered
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