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GUEST,Bee Ewan MacColl's accent (182* d) RE: Ewan MacColl's accent 29 Sep 06

Regarding accents of Scottish origin: can someone tell me how words written as 'tae', 'gae', etc. are actually pronounced? I grew up in Cape Breton, where the most pervasive rural accent up to the sixties was that of people less than a generation away from speaking Gaelic - quite a few still did (and do). Up until sometime in the seventies, when it became fashionable to say 'Scottish', any native would have called it a Scotch accent, and it was often thick indeed. But words like 'to' and 'go' weren't particularly accented. I realize an ocean divides, etc., but do enlighten me in regard to how these words should sound as spoken or sung when so spelled.

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