Cockney: going the way of New York?

As I mentioned yesterday, Harry Mount of the Telegraph suggests that Cockney isn’t dying, but rather has migrated to the suburbs.

I won’t comment just yet, but there is an obvious parallel here: the classic New York City dialect. Much as the postwar migrations sent the accent packing to Long Island and New Jersey, it looks like Cockney may be doing the same thing.

More on this to come.


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Ben T. Smith launched his dialect fascination while working in theatre. He has worked as an actor, playwright, director, critic and dialect coach. Other passions include linguistics, urban development, philosophy and film.
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