Questions tagged [accent]

Pronunciation characteristics of a certain individual, location, or nation. Generally does NOT include learning to speak with various accents or identifying accents.

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Are regional accents disappearing?

Maybe this fits better on Skeptics @ SE? There is an idea that is frequently seen that states that regional accents are disappearing: Regional accents are disappearing: which do you want to save? ...
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Cockney accent: “a” or “an” before words starting with h? How about “the”?

How do you say "a help" (or the indefinite article followed by another word that starts with a normally non-silent h) with a Cockney accent, which drops word-initial h's? So would you say a elp or an ...
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What is Andy Burnham's accent? Is it Liverpool, Manchester or elsewhere?

Andy Burnham was born and brought up in a working-class Liverpool family, supports Everton and makes the point that after Cambridge he returned to his home city; though he does sit for a constituency (...
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Grammatical/Semantic basis for the phrase “what with”

Example: We are changing all the vehicles in the fleet, what with the new regulations and all... How did that what sneak in there? What is it doing?
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What's a Denver accent sound like?

I'm trying to learn to imitate the accent of someone from a slummy area of Denver (for a roleplaying game). Info on different local accents is welcome; a sound bite would be especially useful. If you ...
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Sam Weller in The Pickwick Papers: What accent is Dickens portraying?

In Dickens' Pickwick Papers, there's a character "Sam Weller". Weller's dialogue is written somewhat phonetically, I presume, but I'm struggling to understand what accent Dickens is trying to portray. ...
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Did the non-standard pronunciation of “gold” as “goold” come from an Old English sound change?

John Walker in his Critical Pronunciation Dictionary (1791) transcribes the pronunciation of the word “gold” as go¹ld, or go²o²ld which in modern transcription equates to /goʊld/ or /guːld/. He ...
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Final /s/ vs /z/ sound at the end of verbs/nouns issue [duplicate]

So, I've seen this rule at several English books about how if a word has a voiced final sound (e.g. r, voiced th, l, m, n..) then added 's' is pronounced more like /z/. If the final sound is voiceless ...
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how do you pronounce a rolling “o” as in “so” or “no”?

I noticed that in New Zealand most people pronounce "o" at the end of "no" or "so" in a rather rolled manner - something closer to [our] instead of simple [ou]. For example, lady in this video does ...
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How and why do accents change through the years?

Oh how I love the voices and accents of old-time radio or movies from Hollywood. The american accents seem to change quite a bit in merely 50 years or so. It's personal opinion for sure but I do ...
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Pronunciation of “inquiry” with first syllable stress?

I am an American and I always pronounce “inquiry” with second syllable stress. After hearing more and more Americans say it with first syllable stres, along with British people saying it the way I do,...
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British South Asian accent

This is a two-part question. A lot of British South Asian that are born and bred in the UK have a peculiar accent. It's very different than the familiar Indian accent too. So my question is... Is ...
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How can I learn British accent ? [closed]

British accent is considered to be the king of all the accent. And to me also it sounds nice . So I really wanted to learn how to speak it Also I was not born in england or so ,so a non native speaker ...
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nonclassical vs. non-classical

I've seen both spellings many times, i.e. on Wikipedia, Dictionary.com and dozens of papers. I was wondering if there is a difference between US, Canadian, Australian and British spelling or if you ...
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How do you pronounce the word “array” in Australian English?

I am learning accents (differences in pronunciation), and I was wondering how to pronounce the word "array" in Australian English, and how it's pronounced in other variants of the language. Is it AH-...
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Looking for Samples of Canadian West Coast Accent [closed]

If this is not the right place to ask, then feel free to redirect me to a more appropriate site. A long time ago I learned English in British Columbia and adopted the local accent. Since I am ...
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Why do native English speakers tend to have an easier time replicating English accents not their own?

Native English speakers are often able to go back and forth between various English accents with relative ease. This is often done in comedy. Non-Native speakers usually can't do this. What's the ...
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Are there American English dialects which distinguish /ɑ/ and /ɒ/ but not /ɑ/ and /ɔ/?

I relied on the Logic of English (LoE) phonograms to give myself a better understanding of English pronunciation since the spelling gives me a hard time (even as native speaker), but I noticed that ...
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Accented syllable after a glottal stop in NA English

Does anyone know of any studies on the change in use of accenting after a glottal stop? I am in my late 40s, and first heard this maybe 10 years ago used by an adult. I have a nephew who is 11, and it ...
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What accent is this?

I came across a song performed by Daniel Kahn, and I really liked his pronunciation. They say he comes from Detroit. Is this a typical accent for that region? Or is he doing something else?
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What kind of British English accent is it?

I'd like to ask what kind of accent it is. Is it Geordie of British English? Please refer to this video hyperlink: a British English accent.
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Is there a name for this articulate, hyper-enunciated, “upper class” American English accent?

In the television show Frasier, the protagonist's brother, Niles Crane, is a haughty, snobby, obsessive-compulsive psychiatrist who frequently obsesses about knowing the right people and climbing the ...
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Is there a word that describes people capable of picking up an accent by hearing?

A friend of mind told me about his accent teacher who picked up his accent (for a specific sentence) just after few times she heard him saying it, so I wonder if there is a word that describes this ...
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Is there a name for the tone of voice that modern British newsreaders use when announcing serious subjects?

This question stems from pure idle curiosity. It seems to me that British newsreaders use a special accent, especially when reading out the headlines or introducing a particularly serious story. ...
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Website giving pronunciations of English words recorded in different dialects?

I'm aware that there are certain websites around that provide recorded examples of English words pronounced in different accents/dialects. Could anybody list some of them?
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Should “ate” and “eight” be pronounced exactly alike?

Is pronouncing "ate" and "eight" differently wrong? When I say "ate" it sounds like "ate" itself and when I say "eight" it sounds like "ey-ht" is that a wrong pronunciation? I understand ...
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/z/ + /ð/ = /zdð/?

I was wondering what exactly happens when the common English speaker* pronounces /z/ and /ð/ right after, for example , the word - combo "is this ...". Honestly, for me it's almost impossible to ...
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Does this mixture between pronunciations have a name?

If a person pronounces a word with the sound /ɒ/, for example not, but says /kɑr/ instead of /kɑː/, does this mixture receive a name?
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Does “nonstandard English” come across as judgmental in the following context?

I am looking for an alternative to the word nonstandard (if necessary). I used the word in my answer to a question at Academia SE. Let me first lay out the context. The question I was offering an ...
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What type of English accent is this?

I came across these adverts: EPO 2013 EPO 2014 on TV a few years back and was curious as to what type of accent the speaker has. I've been told by a linguistic professor who is English that it is a '...
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What are the important differences between Canadian and American (USA) English?

English is not my first language; the little English I know is mostly from the USA. I know some of the differences between British English (or just English?) and American English, and the same with ...
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Is there a rule for the position of the accent (stressed sound) in words ending with -ative?

For example, can declarative be pronounced similar to declaration for the accent (stressed sound)? I thought before that sometimes the position of the "accent", or the stressed sound of a word, ...
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Pronounciation of “with”

What is the most common American way of pronouncing "with"? I'm asking specifically about "th" combinations - dictionaries give both the unvoiced (wɪθ) and the voiced (wɪð) ones? Personally, I've ...
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The pronunciation of the definite article by American speakers

I was reading an article the other day and I came across an interesting passage: Notice that the weak form of the is typically [ði] before a vowel-initial word (the apple) but [ðə] before a ...
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Does word pronunciation change when it's in a sentence?

I’m Chinese and am learning English. When I watch video materials from US and UK, I've noticed a phenomenon: in British, a word may sound much different when it's said in a sentence compared to when ...
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Are there different pronunciations of 'cucumber'?

I think the word cucumber is pronounced as if you would say 'car' without the 'r' and then 'cumber'. However, many people I know say it in a way that sounds like 'queue' and then 'cumber'. Are ...
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What is this accent?

I stumbled upon this YouTube video, and I really like the accent of the speaker. How is his accent called? I'm not British, but I'm quite sure it isn't the "standard" British accent (e.g. the one you ...
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Pinpointing British accents

After having watched British TV and movies for a while, I came across several accents I liked. But I'm not completely sure what they are, so I need your help :) David Tennant as The 10th Doctor (skip ...
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Why does the dictionary give the pronunciation of the word “of” as '\əv' with a 'v' sound when in some cases it's pronounced with 'f' sound?

"of" seems to be pronounced with the f sound asˈäf in phrases like "of course". But 'of' is pronounced as \əv in a lot of other cases. Yet, Merriam Websters gives the one with 'v' sound as the only ...
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“Both” or “bolth” [closed]

Should I use "both" or "bolth"? I have seen bo(l?)th words used and bo(l?)th are mentioned in various sources, but "both" seems to be more common. A Google search turned up bo(l?)th a Yahoo Answers ...
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English pronunciation of “charade” as in Pink Floyd song Pigs

I was recently listening to the Pink Floyd song "Pigs (Three different ones)" and a line in the chorus goes, Ha ha, charade you are! In the context of the song I am nearly sure that the word ...
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Which American accent is this?

(Originally posted to travel.stackexchange.com) A common theme I've noticed in many "big-beat" songs and the electronic genre, especially songs by British artists, is to use voice-samples of a ...
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What is a West Coast (U.S.) accent?

I've seen references to the American Midwest as being the home of the least accented form of American English. I always think of the Northern Midwest as having an accent that I associate with ...
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Palatalization of the initial “s” in words starting with “str-”

Sometimes I hear native speakers pronounce the s at the beginning of a word as [ʃ]. For example, straight as [ʃtreɪt], or struggle as [ʃtrʌɡl]. It sounds like German words. Is it a certain English ...
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pronouncing foreigner's names [duplicate]

I want to ask you if there's some special rule about pronouncing foreign names with or without accent. For example, can I say Fedor or Andrey in native russian manner and with russian accent or should ...
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Why is the Yorkshire dialect called 'Tyke'?

From Wikipedia: The Yorkshire dialect refers to the varieties of English used in the Northern England historic county of Yorkshire. Those varieties are often referred to as Broad Yorkshire or Tyke. ...
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Bear and Bare - Do you hear the difference? Perhaps those in NJ or NY? [closed]

So, for instance, Carrey and Berry have a difference with the vowels. Does anyone hear the difference in the two examples I gave? I am looking for the truest definition of "Homophone."
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Identifying British accents

Are there rules of thumb for pinpointing British accents regionally? What other accents do Americans tend to mistake for British? Are there good online resources that can help with this? Audio samples ...
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American English v/s Indian English [closed]

Why do people from America find it difficult to understand Indian English? I am not referring to the accent. Often times I have seen, people on IG or YouTube replying to my comments, "try to speak ...
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Why is a Scot's accent so difficult for Americans to understand? [closed]

When I was in Edinburgh, Scotland, the locals could understand me just fine, but I was flummoxed by their accent, which did not remotely sound like English to me. Necessity forced me to request that ...