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Regional Accents
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0492  Tuesday, 23 May 2006

From: 		Donald Bloom <
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Date: 		Monday, 22 May 2006 15:31:05 -0500
Subject: 17.0472 Regional Accents
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0472 Regional Accents

Thanks for the reference to Crystal, which I shall certainly look for in 
the local university library (the public library here is hopeless).

With regard to Terence Hawkes' reference to Henry V. I realize that I 
neglected to make clear that I was not talking about national speech 
patterns (whether Welsh, Scottish, or Irish), but only about English 
regionalisms-which would naturally exclude Fluellen, Jamy and Macmorris.

Merry Wives is more what I'm looking for. How do the speech patterns there 
represent regionalism-that is, Buckinghamshire? Are there identifiable 
regionalisms in 2 Henry VI? Anything else? Something that might have snuck 
into a play that wasn't set in England (as spoken by, say, a clown or 
servant)?

Curious and persistent,
don

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