One of the main reasons that I was looking forward to visiting Ocracoke is to hear the native dialect. I took to a Language and Culture class recently and was taught about this very unique accent. The dialect is partlyUK English, partly Northern US sounding. The speculated reason for this dialect is for the fact that the island is secluded and the usual Southern accent did infiltrate to the island.
This dialect is expected to be extinct within a few decades because of the enormous amount of non-natives that inhabited the island.The few that still possess the true accent have been subject to many studies by linguistic researchers.Locals are extremely proud of their dialect are are worried about the future as well.
Sadly, I did not hear the dialect and it was obvious that most people that we encountered were not born on the island as natives.
are nearly in every garden.. wonder why..? In this picture - the British Cemetery, which appeared to consist of 4 graves only, because only 4 sailors of HMS Bedfordshire were found after their ship had been torpedoed in 1942