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RidleyReport

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Getting local pronounciation straight
« on: January 28, 2004, 11:12:19 pm »

There are a lot of counterintuitive pronunciations of things and places in NH.

In the spirit of "do as the Romans do," how about we list some of them here so we can use start using correct local pronuncation *now*?

The ones I remember off the top of my head (correct me if I'm wrong)  are:

Concord (natives apparently pronounce it "CONN-kurd")
 
Berlin (natives apparently say "BUHRR-lynn")



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Re:Getting local pronounciation straight
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2004, 03:11:24 pm »

Weare (small town west of Manchester).  Pronounced almost like "Where," but in the back of the throat -- like say where without moving your lips.
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Re:Getting local pronounciation straight
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2004, 04:41:56 pm »

Lake "Winnipesaukee"

Win-a-pah-SAK-ee

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Re:Getting local pronounciation straight
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2004, 08:00:00 pm »

Couple links on this subject:

http://www.theunionleader.com/columns.html?body=By%20JOHN%20CLAYTON

.... an article about presidental candidates screwing up town names and suggested corrections.


http://hcs.harvard.edu/~golder/dialect/staticmaps/state_NH.html

That's a dialect map for NH....but it doesn't list any places only standard nouns and verbs. Not sure how valid is to actually try and talk like an NH resident except when it comes to proper nouns....
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Re:Getting local pronounciation straight
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2004, 03:24:53 pm »

I have been looking for phone numbers to call in NH just to heah some of the local twang.  I too, think it will be important to integrate local language and accent insofar as possible.  I was very excited when I discovered that the state had a toll-free number to hear about road conditions, but my hopes were dashed when the audio-tex voice was the standard, nightly-news, mid-western accent.

Does anyone know of such resources?  As few NH guidebooks as I found in even the biggest bookstore in my town, I doubt I will be able to find NH language tapes. ;)
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Re:Getting local pronounciation straight
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2004, 04:59:44 pm »

Two commentators on television and radio who have a NH accent are Fritz Weatherbee and Willem Lange. Fritz is found most evenings on Evening Chronicle on Channel 9, WMUR. This is a 7 pm show, and his bit is the last 10 minutes of the show. He does radio pieces and other appearances.
Willem Lange writes a column in the Valley News, is on NHPR and other local talk radio, and is the co-host of the TV show New Hampshire Outdoors Journal, which I believe is on NH Public TV.
Willem and I have chatted on occasion, at the fishing shop or on the street, but I can't say I know him well.
There is also a radio fellow by the name of Lyle Mudgett who has an even thicker accent.
If you are not in the region, you can rent the Adam Sandler movie "Mr Deeds", which has some rather dramatic examples.
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