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UNDERSTANDING COCKNEY ŽSV, 1. rujna 2011. Marinko Uremović
COCKNEY Geographically and culturally, it often refers to working class Londoners, particularly those in the East End. Linguistically, it refers to the form of English spoken by this group.
Features of Cockney English Possessive me – me house Drop the h sound – Im aving… Pronunciation of th (thief, this, brother) Question tags – innit Double negative I didn't see nuffink.
COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG Slang is the use of informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's dialect or language.
HISTORY John Camden Hotten in his 1859 Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words writes about (English) rhyming slang originated in the 1840s with costermongers. Used by criminals in order to hide true meaning from the police.
Nowadays cockney rhyming slang is used mostly when talking about some dodgy business (obscene words, basic phyiscal needs, men commenting on women) or when you want to obscure the meaning of what is said from outsiders. Some expressions have become a part of standard English (Use your loaf!)
Used in contemporary culture: Guy Ritchie movies Only Fools and Horses Clockwork Orange Mind Your Language Austin Powers – Goldmember Eastenders Various songs
Not indigenous to East London any more Cockney Rhyming Slang can be found throughout the UK, America, Australia…
How is it used? Ello me ol China, I avent seen you in donkeys.
Classic Cockney vs. mockney vs. popney Classic Cockney – well established with long history Mockney – Cockney spoken by people coming from a middle or upper-middle class background (Guy Ritchie, Jamie Oliver, Lily Allen) Popney – modern slang depicting contemporary celebrities (Britney Spears, Bradd Pitt, Emma Freuds)
Difficulties Cultural references (mutt and jeff) Geographical references (Hampstead Heath) Prone to change (Britney Spears for beers) A lot of profanity Cockney will die out in the next generation
Would you use it in your class? Why or why not? How would you use it?
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