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Encyclopedia > Tidewater accent

Tidewater Accent is a American English accent.

It is spoken in the coastal Eastern Seaboard Region of the United States from southern New Jersey to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is principally associated with the Tidewater region of Virginia, also known as the Hampton Roads region. Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... North Carolinas Outer Banks separating the Atlantic Ocean (east) from Albemarle Sound (north) and Pamlico Sound (south). ... This article is the current U.S. Collaboration of the Week. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... Hampton Roads, from state map of pre-civil war Virginia circa 1858 Hampton Roads is the name of both a body of water and the land areas which surround it in southeastern Virginia in the USA. It is also known as Tidewater Virginia and the Seven Cities, after its seven...

This accent was 'inherited' from the early English settlers, and has evolved over almost 400 years in most of the region. A notable exception of interest to linguists is tiny isolated Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay because its people speak a totally unique dialect of American English, hypothesized to be nearly unchanged since the days of its first occupation by English colonists. Each of the original surnames and several of the present surnames on the island originated in the British Isles, particularly in Scotland, and the accent has a distinctly Celtic flavor, similar to those in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Cornwall, four of the seven Celtic nations. ... Tangier is a town on Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay. ... The Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo The Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it. ... A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language used by people from a particular geographic area. ... English language spread in the United States. ...

Examples of Tidewater accent

"House" is pronounced with a tighter pronunciation of the vowel; the vowel sounds closer to a long 'o.'

Speakers of the Tidewater accent:

John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979. ...

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