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English, as spoken by the English

And the Welsh, Scottish, and Irish, too.  A friend alerted me to this exceptionally cool website.  It gives you a map of the British Isles.  You can click on any region and time period and hear the way people speak/spoke, in 3 or 4 minute sound clips.  I naturally wanted to hear the voices of my childhood.  There he is, Billy Williamson, Northamptonshire farm laborer, talking into a mike in 1957.  “Sounds like a hillbilly,” said my American daughter.  No, honey; the hillbillies sound like **us**.

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