Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Regional accents

Ongoing surveys are constantly monitoring perceptions of regional accents. Every nation appears to have a dialect that is disliked more than others, or an accent that renders the language spoken incomprehensible to other native speakers of that language. There are employment implications for this 'discrimination' and in the UK it is well known that a speaker with a very pronounced accent from the nation's second city will severely hamper a persons success outside of that region. The problem has been noted in the US too. For those who don't appreciate the range of sounds that the English language can be contorted into by Britons alone, just watch this video:

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