You know, the kind of stuff you get on talk like a pirate day
. Not the argot, or the slang ("shiver my (not "me", that was Wallace Beery
) timbers" is Stevenson, apparantly by way of Maryat.), but the intonations, that unmistakable accent, the use of final hard R by Englishmen, "garrr!" and "yarr!" in general. Clearly someone or someones have created a linguistic world here, no mean achievement, but is it organic or artificial? I'm guessing 1930's Hollywood, but it's been a while since I've seen Treasure Island and Captain Blood and I don't recall that they were quite so absurd as they are. (I could be wrong.) Is there any written record of such speech outside of films, preferably predating the twentieth century?
Or do you not think there is a distinctive pirate talk?
Just curious. Thanks in advance.