HD: Dialect Blog, Acting, and Accents
Posted: 10 August 2011 02:58 AM   [ Ignore ]
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An excellent site and a topic we’ve hashed over before.

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Posted: 10 August 2011 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Quick question:

I recently discussed this subject with an actress (I can’t recall her name) who assured me that the most difficult (UK) accent to reproduce was the Norfolk accent. It is a tough one, and I’m happy to take her word for it (and note that every time I’ve heard a radio play set in Norfolk the accents have been amusingly poor - but that probably obtains when anyone hears an accent they grew up with mangled) ... but I wish to know more.

Which accent from the American continent do you think is most difficult, and can you point to good and bad examples?

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Posted: 10 August 2011 02:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Which accent from the American continent do you think is most difficult, and can you point to good and bad examples?
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Posted: 12 August 2011 06:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I suspect that whichever accent might most abruptly appear imperfect to someone would be the one (or ones) they cut their teeth on. 

(Linguists, aside, of course.)

I am continually astonished anew by the level of skill and perfection of craft of today’s actors. 

The “melting pot” metaphor comes to mind.  We indeed live in interesting times.

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Posted: 12 August 2011 08:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Which accent from the American continent do you think is most difficult, and can you point to good and bad examples?

I’m tempted to go see the new movie, Help, just to see how well they do the accents. I used to know a Southern gal who said any True Southerner should be able to pick out region and state of a Southerner by accent.

The problem is that most of us only ever get a TV version, and most accents have been altered in the newer generations by exposure to TV. It’s pretty subtle, and Americans are anxious to lose their accent when they move. I used to know a guy from the WWII generation who had the perfect Philip Marlowe voice. He was from Nebraska! My mom’s uncles each had a different way of speaking. One grew up in San Francisco and sounded like a Bostonian because his parents were English but his classmates were Irish. My grandfather had a true Californiano accent but one brother sounded like New Englander, the other moved to DC and sounded like a native East Coast metropolitan.

I once called a boat chandlery in Massachussetts and got an earful. Could hardly understand what the guy was saying.

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