NOT TO MAKE NORFOLK PEOPLE CROSS
HOW NOT TO SOUND AS IF YOU COME FROM
Do not pronounce an R unless it is followed
by a vowel.
the R as you normally would in words like rat
do not EVER pronounce the R in words like
cart, bird, fort, beard, dared,
This makes you sound as if you have some kind of West Country
accent, and its what leads to the perfectly justified
accusations in letters to the EDP (thats the Eastern
Daily Press in case you didnt make its acquaintance
during your visits to the county) that all that you are doing
is speaking Mummerzet.
Do pronounce the short A vowel in words
like cat, bad, man as you normally would,
and not with a fake West Country accent which makes bad
sound like bahd.
people, as near enough as makes no difference, pronounce bad
in the same way that Londoners and other people in the southeast
of England do.
Do not turn Ls into vowels in the way that
people do not pronounce milk like miook
or pail like pay-oo.
of luck with the Basic Level next well try to
get you sounding as if you might even come from Norfolk!
Trudgill FBA President of FOND
Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics at the
University of East Anglia