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Thread #153823   Message #3605915
Posted By: GUEST,Eliza
28-Feb-14 - 01:50 PM
Thread Name: BS: A tour of the British Isles in accents
Subject: RE: BS: A tour of the British Isles in accents
Jack, your last post interests me, because there are accents connected with class and class-mobility. I was born in Middlesex, and spoke in an accent a bit like Cockney. (Glottal stops, dropped aitches). Yet when I went to grammar school, I consciously tried to adapt my accent to the rather more middle class speech of the majority of pupils there. My parents were working class, and found this new, posh daughter quite funny. I could nip between these two accents without any effort. I expect there are many instances of people using two or more different types of speech depending where they find themselves, eg job interview, upmarket dinner party, old friends' reunion etc. When I moved to Edinburgh I soon adopted their speech, and then Glasgow, both of which I judge to have spoken fairly flawlessly! Now after 36 years in Norfolk, I can speak it perfectly, but can also be 'posh' when required. At home I speak African French all the time, so my poor old head has loads of lingo inside it. No wonder I forget where I left my glasses!