Tangier Island: Place, People, and Talk
This book is an account of the island's inhabitants from their beginnings in the late 1700s to their portrayal as an isolated community under siege, and a description of the way they talk. Talk has the prior claim, but place and people deserve and get equal notice because talk could not be fully understood without an appreciation of the inhabitants' history and as well as social and working lives.
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Who Were They
Tangier Beginnings and Development
Life and Family
Order and Government Play
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Accomack Accomack County American English Atlantic Barcat become blue crab boat Bogue-Core Sound boys British British English bugeye called Camp Meeting Canaan catch century Chesapeake Bay clam coastal course crab pot crabbers Crisfield Deborah Miller dialect dredge earlier early Eastern Shore England fish fisheries Guy Lowman harbor hear heard Ibid indentured servants isolated Jander John Joshua Thomas known land language later lives Main Ridge mainland Maryland matter means menhaden ment mention Methodist Church nickname North Carolina Ocracoke Outer Banks oysters peelers perhaps population pronounced pronunciation regions relatively religious residents sailing seems sense settlement Shore of Virginia Smith Island social speak Swain Memorial syllables talking backwards Tangier disease Tangier Island Tangier speech Tangiermen tend term things Tidewater tion trotline usage usually Virginian-Pilot vowel watermen women words