That is the case if I was solely referring to Scouse, which as you say, has many nuances. My point is about the very wide variety and their quite marked differences in such a small vicinity. They are so markedly different that it is worthy of note. I’m not sure if there is anywhere in the UK so diverse but I’m not certain. From the edge of West Yorkshire, to Bangor, North Wales, up to Lancaster and almost down to Stokeiain wrote: ↑Fri Aug 11, 2023 6:05 amComing from the same neck of the woods originally I would agree there is a lot of variety. However I’d argue that you need to be very familiar with an accent to pick out local varieties.Gar787 wrote: ↑Thu Aug 10, 2023 11:08 pm I live in north-west England. Possibly the most peculiar accents are here. If you threw a forty mile diameter circle over my area, on the Wirral, the diversity (and incomprehensibility) of the accents are bizarre. From Liverpool scouse, which varies hugely, to North Wales (and a completely different language) before you get to Wigan, Chester, St.Helens, Preston, Shropshire then the various boroughs of Manchester itself. I’m not sure that anywhere in the UK is so diverse in such a small area.
While I can pick out from a mile away someone from Bootle compared to someone from Runcorn, someone from a different place might think they all sound the same.
I talked earlier in this thread about confusing Americans with Canadians. Whereas Drew regularly talks about his wife’s Massachusetts accent and how it’s very different from others from Massachusetts, he can make it sound like it’s a world away from his. To be fair I can spot a Deep South accent but to me many American accents are just American accents.
I have friends from the north east which to my ear is just a north east accent, but they can quickly tell their Geordies from the Smoggies and the Mackems. (Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland)
Maybe it’s just me.
There are some very strong a hugely differing accents here. I always find the tighter area around Manchester notable for many differing accents especially when you head north through Oldham, Salford, Bolton, Wigan, Rochdale,St.Helens, Preston, Burnley, Blackburn and on to, say Clitheroe. Widely differing in a very close proximity. I wonder why?