British accent stereotypes - 'news'

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Fri Apr 4 18:36:55 UTC 2008

on 4/4/08 12:20 PM, Charles Doyle at cdoyle at UGA.EDU wrote:

> Case in point . . . .
> Just a few moments ago in class, mentioning some prominent imagery patterns in
> a Jacobean play, I pronounced the word "forehead" in my customary way, [farId]
> (the second vowel may be a barred-"i"). Half the students professed not to
> know what word I was uttering; the other half delicately referred to my
> pronunciation as "something out of _Deliverance_"). And this is in Georgia!
> --Charlie
Ask them to recite:
There was a little girl, and she had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead
When she was good, she was very very good
And when she was bad, she was horrid!
The disappearance of accent  class markers in England is hardly brand new. A
good many of the kids in the middle-to-upper-middle class public school our
kids attended nearly 40 years ago affected a decidedly down-market speech.
Maybe the Beatles phenom had something to do with this.

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