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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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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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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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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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A few examples of things I've noticed (especially in Cache Valley) are: pronouncing the word "deal" and "real", "peel", etc. as "dill", "rill", "pill" etc. ....similar for the words "really" ("rilly") and "dealer" ("diller") pronouncing the word "our" the same way most pronounce "are" pronouncing words like "light", "right", "bright", etc. as "loyt" ...


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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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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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Emphasis always depends on context, so clean answers are not possible without more of the dialog. 1) If you are beginning a conversation, it would be "How do you do?" with more emphasis on "do" than on "how". If you are reciprocating the same statement from someone else, emphasis would be on "you". 2) This one depends on what you thought you had heard ...


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Currently a Utah resident and have been for 25 years. (don't judge me :-P) But I can confirm that I catch myself frequently stating "mountain" as "moun'ain", Layton as "lay'on". However, I have never vocalized "creek" as "crick" (though it seems to be about 50% of those I've come across) or "Mormon" as "Marmon". I personally would say that the Utah ...


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It's probably incorrect to assume that the British accent hasn't changed since the USA was founded. It makes sense that different, divergent accents emerged over time. Whether the British used to sound American, or the American used to sound British; or more likely some combination of the two, it makes sense that distinct differences emerged over time. What ...


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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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"Ant" is actually how Northerners say it. In the Southern USA - especially in Virginia and The Carolinas, it is pronounced the proper way : AW-NT "AW-NT" is Southern, not Northern. "Ant" is Yankee.


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There was some discussion about this some years ago because some Brits got upset because it seemed that most of the powerful villain characters (like James Bond villains, ironically) usually had upper class British accents. Many apparently regarded it as some form of anglophobia. More likely, the explanation is that America, as the land of common man, ...



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