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We have a tendency to think that speakers of languages that have a similar consonant phoneme must pronounce it in the same way, but this is not so. For example, both Czech /p/ and /English /p/ are unvoiced labial stops, but the prevocalic English /p/is aspirated, and the Czech is not. As a result, Czech speakers producing the word pan with an initial Czech ...


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English accents are commonly divided into two main groups: rhotic speakers pronounce a historical rhotic consonant (/r/) in all instances, whereas non-rhotic speakers pronounce /r/ only before or between vowels. For example, a rhotic speaker pronounces words like hard and butter approximately as /ˈhɑrd/ and /ˈbʌtər/, whereas a non-rhotic speaker "drops" or ...


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The replies made so far mentioned that the narrator might be Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, German, French, Swiss, Belgian, Austrian, Russian or Czech. Someone also guessed Eastern Europe. As the poster of this question, I knew where the narrator came from since in the beginning. The narrator is actually me. The reason I didn't want to disclose that ...


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A few accurate statements above, ie Australian is a blend of accents from all parts of the British Isle although admittedly it has a more east London sounding twang than anywhere else in Britain, but let me expand on that. Firstly there is no such thing as a British accent per say. The accent in the north east of England is as different from say Oxford in ...


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People need to communicate. Our human desire to communicate is so intense, we experience it as a need. A language is a set of rules that helps people communicate. NOUN 1 [MASS NOUN] The method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way: Emphasis mine. Unifying ...


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Is it possible that say 100 years ago, the Tangier Island population spoke with the more distinct Cornish accent something closer to their early ancestors who migrated from Cornwall. An uneducated ear may have thought it to be Elizabethan english, not what Shakespeare wrote in his plays or sonnets, but what the every day person from Elizabethan England ...


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I stumbled upon an article today and was reminded of the term I was looking for. "speech accommodation" And some interesting reading on the matter. Accommodation most often takes the form of convergence, when a speaker chooses a language variety that seems to fit the style of the other speaker.


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It's hypercorrection. Germans can pronounce the English 'v' just fine, they happen to write it as 'w'. So the freshman English learner from Germany will pronounce (using English orthography/pronunciation) 'water' as 'vawter'. They'll then start to associate the 'v' sound with a mistake. So the sophomore reasoning, which results in fixing some problems, ...


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He/she felt linguistically discriminated or to be precise accentually discriminated. The condition is called accentism. Linguistic discrimination is the unfair treatment of an individual based solely on their use of language. This use of language may include the individual's native language or other characteristics of the person's speech, such as an ...


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Self conscious: Defined by Merriam Webster as: "uncomfortably nervous about or embarrassed by what other people think about you..." I've used the phrase in a sentence to make the phrase clearer. "She rarely spoke up in meetings because she was self-conscious about her accent."


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I'm English and I learned Spanish with a Castilian (central Spanish) accent from a CD. The CD was specifically about pronunciation and not about vocabulary. Answer Even though my Spanish is not very good, people consistently remark on my Spanish (rather than Latin American) accent. It must be weird for native speakers. Because my accent is so good they ...


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Are you looking for Communication accomodation theory? Specifically: convergence - Convergence refers to the process through which an individual shifts his or her speech patterns in interaction so that they more closely resemble the speech patterns of speech partners. ... People use convergence based on their perceptions of others, as well as ...


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From my experience the Australian accent is not identical across the entire continent. The differences between the regions are not quite as obvious as you'd notice between regions in a country like the USA, but they certainly still exist. I would characterise the Australian accent as being distinct in three regions: The East Coast, The West Coast and "The ...


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Having lived in and around Liverpool in the past but not being a native, I thought Andy Burnham sounded more Mancunian than Liverpudlian. Maybe his parents were from Manchester? He's definitely a 'northerner.'


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I'm English and I occasionally mistake some Irish accents for American until I listen very carefully Irish Catholics According to the Dictionary of American History,[10] approximately "50,000 to 100,000 Irishmen, over 75 percent of them Catholic, came to United States in the 1600s, while 100,000 more Irish Catholics arrived in the 1700s." ...


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While it's possible that you might find some such connection, I very much doubt it, for two reasons. First, while there were undoubtedly dialects in earlier forms of the language, few of the details of modern pronunciation can go back beyond the Great Vowel Shift in the 15-17th centuries. Secondly, there is remarkably little evidence of Celtic influence ...


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These may describe the condition, rather than the person who might feel anxiety that they're being judged; that their accent is seen as a "qualifier" of social status: Sociolinguistic discrimination; Linguistic profiling; Ethnocentrism; Linguicism; Classism; Cultural bias; Socioeconomic stereotyping; Dialectical stigmatism; Patois prejudice; class ...


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Two possibilities spring to mind: Diglossia A situation in which two languages (or two varieties of the same language) are used under different conditions within a community, often by the same speakers. The term is usually applied to languages with distinct ‘high’ and ‘low’ (colloquial) varieties [...]. [Oxford & Wikipedia (for the socioluingistic ...


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I don't understand what "picking an accent" means. Probably you intend 'picking up an accent', in other words being able to imitate it. This is a talent of mimicry.


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Technically, it is called speech imitation ability. The person who has this ability is called a good mimic also. Speech sound imitation is a pivotal learning mechanism for humans. Vocal imitation provides a basis for acquisition of both languages and musical systems. Some people, on the other hand, are adept at vocal imitation and make a living ...


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If what you are trying to emphasize is the fact that you're proud, then yes, stress the word "proud" a little. Like you said in the second paragraph, if your intention is to distinguish between the people involved, stress the "I" and "you".


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The dialects of present-day English can be seen as the continuation of the dialect areas which established themselves in the Old English period. The following extract can help: HISTORICAL OUTLINE: The dialectal division of the narrower region of England into: 1) a northern, 2) a central and 3) a (subdivided) southern region has been ...


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The Dictionary of American Regional English uses a region called "Utah". You can investigate the features of that region on that web site. (Subscription required. Perhaps you library has one.)


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This podcast sheds light on the issue: http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/speaking-american-speaking-utahn It is an interview with two language experts. They talk about regional accents in general, but focus on Utah specifically. Interestingly enough, according to the folks in this episode, most of the things that people identify with being unique to Utah are ...


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I am from Connecticut originally and moved to the Midwest. I grew up with it as "on"t. I always thought "ant" was a mispronunciation. After moving, all people I've encountered said, "ant". Upon research, I found out that Eastern VA and the North east (particularly New England) say "on"t whereas the rest of the country "ant" is standard. Both are ...



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