Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue [NOOK Book]

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As many visitors to Ocracoke will attest, the island's vibrant dialect is one of its most distinctive cultural features. In Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks, Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes present a fascinating account of the Ocracoke brogue. They trace its development, identify the elements of pronunciation, vocabulary, and syntax that make it unique, and even provide a glossary and quiz to enhance the reader's knowledge of 'Ocracokisms.' In the process, they offer an intriguing look at the role language ...
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Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue

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Overview

As many visitors to Ocracoke will attest, the island's vibrant dialect is one of its most distinctive cultural features. In Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks, Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes present a fascinating account of the Ocracoke brogue. They trace its development, identify the elements of pronunciation, vocabulary, and syntax that make it unique, and even provide a glossary and quiz to enhance the reader's knowledge of 'Ocracokisms.' In the process, they offer an intriguing look at the role language plays in a culture's efforts to define and maintain itself. But Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks is more than a linguistic study. Based on extensive interviews with more than seventy Ocracoke residents of all ages and illustrated with captivating photographs by Ann Ehringhaus and Herman Lankford, the book offers valuable insight on what makes Ocracoke special. In short, by tracing the history of island speech, the authors succeed in opening a window on the history of the islanders themselves.
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Editorial Reviews

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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.

Choice

A work of learning animated by a sense of fun.

Islands

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

North Carolina Historical Review

[A] truly informative and enjoyable book.

North Carolina Libraries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807866375
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 464,815
  • File size: 4 MB

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.
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Table of Contents

Preface
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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