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Linguists on Spacey's House of Cards Southern accent

Linguists on Spacey's House of Cards Southern accent | TELT | Scoop.it

"I suspect that some Southerners might recognize that he doesn't sound quite right," Dr. Erik Thomas, a professor of linguistics at North Carolina State University told me. Thomas has studied Southern American English since his undergraduate years and is considered one of the pre-eminent experts on Southern accents. "The average person might not hear the difference," he added.

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Interesting dissection of the actor's southern drawl, covering vowel shift, (non-)rhoticity, and word-initial "wh"

 

And the case for Spacey's defence has already taken up the gauntlet

http://citizensociolinguistics.com/2015/03/01/frank-underwood-versus-the-accent-commandos/

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Multicultural London English

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The speaker displays many of the features of a British accent known widely as Multicultural London English (MLE), such as producing vowels in e.g. FACE and PRICE as monophthongs, not dropping /h/ sounds (/h/-dropping is common in London accent Cockney) and pronouncing voiced dental fricatives in e.g. the as a [d].  There are glottal stops, which are less common in Afro-Caribbean or African English accents, and /l/-vocalisation. The speaker also has a more syllable-timed speech rhythm; instead of pronouncing the phrase from all walks of life as /frəm ɔːl wɔːks əv laɪf/ it sounds more like [frɒm ɔː wɔːks ɒv lɐːf], with a full vowel in each syllable.

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Jane Setter on forensic phonetic analysis of MLE

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speech accent archive

speech accent archive | TELT | Scoop.it

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483 accents of English - audio files for the same text, male and female speakers from a variety of English-speaking countries plus non-natives.

 

Great for phonetics/phonology practice, or just demonstrating phonological variation to dispel the myth that there's one "standard" pronunciation.

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Non-native accents: ELFpron activities

Non-native accents: ELFpron activities | TELT | Scoop.it
This is the second post about gems of resources uncovered in the Aladdin’s cave that is the BBC Learning English website. Check out our first post for suggestions on using the BBC’s “Better speaking” series.
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Activities and (BBC) resources for EFL/ESL work with non-native pronunciation

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The Speech Accent Archive: The English Accents of People Who Speak 341 Different Languages

The Speech Accent Archive: The English Accents of People Who Speak 341 Different Languages | TELT | Scoop.it
Over the years, I’ve met with several foreign speaking partners. Through conversation, I learn their language — Spanish, Korean, Japanese — and they learn mine — English.
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Language Change in Philadelphia | William Labov

Language Change in Philadelphia | William Labov | TELT | Scoop.it

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Take a minute to hear William Labov on language change in the US.  Literally a minute, part of the University of Pennsylvania's 60 second lecture challenge by different speakers on different topics (https://www.sas.upenn.edu/60second/)

 

Here more from this major figure in modern sociolinguistics in an NPR interview

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5220090&sc=emaf

 

and the atlas of North American English can be accessed here http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/home.html

 

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Sounds Familiar? British Library learning resource

Sounds Familiar? British Library learning resource | TELT | Scoop.it

"Sounds Familiar? Accents and Dialects of the UK

Do you call a ‘bread roll’ a cob, batch, bread cake, barm cake or scuffler? How do you pronounce the words cup and plant? And are you sitting or sat at this computer? The UK is a rich landscape of regional accents and dialects, each evidence of our society’ s continuity and change, our local history and our day-to-day lives. This site captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the twentieth century."

 

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Useful for teachers wishing to demonstrate the variety of British accents and dialects, or for language students to broaden their English language experience.  LInguistics students can also find information on language change, phonology, and dialect studies.

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