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What is an accent?
,,,,,An accent is “a manner of pronunciation peculiar to a particular individual, location, or nation.” That’s not to be confused with dialect. Which is a specific form of a language that has its own unique words, grammatical structures, and phonology (a fancy word for accent). So an accent can be a part of a dialect, but not vice versa. Also, because dialects can be traced to geographical regions, they give linguists important clues to the origin of accents. And discovering where accents came from can explain why an American says “ta-may-to” and a Brit says “ta-mah-toe,” or why Bostonians say “park the cah” and a Nebraskan says “park the car.”
“BARN” IN THE USA
Not all accents were brought over from other countries.
A few are as American as apple pie.
* In a small section of southern Utah, there is an accent in which “ar” sounds are transposed with “or” sounds.
It’s uncertain how this way of speaking came about. However, people who live in this region don’t say “born in a barn,” rather “barn in a born.”
* A relatively young accent, Valley Girl, or “Valspeak,” began in the 1980s. The most defining characteristic: Raising the intonation at the end of a sentence. As if it were a question. Hence, originating in the San Fernando Valley of southern California, Valspeak may be one of the most uniquely American accents. Some linguists speculate its roots may be traced to refugees from the Ozarks. And they moved to California during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s.
So chances are very good that you’ve never had the opportunity to learn much about English pronunciation. And even less about actual accent. Accent training is rarely a part of English training curricula. In addition I would guess that many of your former teachers didn’t even speak to you in English very much- if at all!
And add to that another problem. As adults, we honestly can’t hear the difference between certain sounds and rhythms. Especially if they that are new to us. Unless someone really points them out. Or until we recognize them and learn how to make them. They will never find their way into our speech.
But don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you cannot change your pronunciation or accent. You just need the right instruction. That’s what we do. We show you what you are missing. And teach you how to add it into your speech so you sound great.
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