Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue / Edition 1

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A comprehensive history of the evolving relationship between American slavery and the law from colonial times to the Civil War. (Please see cloth edition, published 2/96).

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This book is an inspiring effort for those interested in the preservation of culture.

Southern Cultures

Eminently readable and unfailingly interesting, the book is accessible to general readers as well as language specialists.


A work of learning animated by a sense of fun.


A welcome treatise on the culture of one of the state's most distinctive regional legacies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807846261
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,021,791
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of English at North Carolina State University and founder of the North Carolina Language and Life Project.

Natalie Schilling-Estes, who holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the project's coordinator.

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Table of Contents

1 The Roots of Ocracoke English 1
2 What's in an O'cocker Word? 29
3 Sounding Like a "Hoi Toider" 50
4 Saying a Word or Two 74
5 No Dialect Is an Island 97
6 Ebb Tide for Hoi Toide? 117
7 The Voices of Ocracoke 137
App An Ocracoke IQ Test: Or, How to Tell a Dingbatter from an O'cocker 149
References & Bibliographic Notes 155
Index 163
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