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cockney

1. a native of London, esp of the working class born in the East End, speaking a characteristic dialect of English. Traditionally defined as someone born within the sound of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow church
2. Austral a young snapper fish

Cockney

Bow Bells
famous bell in East End of London; “only one who is born within the bell’s sound is a true Cockney.” [Br. Hist.: NCE, 347]
Doolittle, Eliza
Cockney girl taught by professor to imitate aristocracy. [Br. Lit.: Pygmalion]
Weller, Tony and Samuel
father and son, coachman and bootblack, with colorful lingo. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Pickwick Papers]
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In the final experiment, as in the pilot one, Estuary English is slightly better considered than Cockney English.
Estuary and Cockney English obtained, as in the three preceding questions, an intermediate judgement from the Spanish respondents.
Surprisingly, the peak at Cockney English evaluation, in this forth question is at "higher professional" (21%).
Cockney English, as it has been revealed in the previous section, obtained intermediate results in the four quantitative questions and hence, in all the dimensions they imply.
It could be stated, from the light shed by the students' comments, and the quantitative results shown in the previous section, that even though Spanish students perceive Cockney English as a marked accent, and difficult to understand; in general terms, they do not look down on it.
Finally, Estuary English, as seen in the preceding part, obtained very similar though slightly higher results than Cockney English in the qualitative questions.
Thus, based on the quantitative results, and supported by the qualitative comments, it can be asserted that our students gave this accent a high-intermediate evaluation, slightly above Cockney English on the whole.