[Fwd: PRESS RELEASE: FAU Graduate Students Offer Speech Therapy Via Webcam to Republic of Rwanda Citizens]

Mark P. Line mark at polymathix.com
Thu Feb 3 19:43:53 UTC 2011

Maybe it's more palatable to their Rwandan clients to hear "your English
is too British for the Americans" than to hear "your English is too
African for the Americans".

-- Mark

Mark P. Line
Bartlesville, OK (experiencing a heat wave at 19F)

Natalie Weber wrote:
> Thinking cynically here:
> Like Carlos and Mark, I doubt that a British accent impedes business in
> America. But I do know of Americans who have trouble with African accents.
> And African accent + British turns of speech would be even more difficult.
> I
> wonder if it would be more accurate to say that this "therapy" aids in
> developing a more American accent, no matter what English dialect you had
> previously learned, and is called "speech therapy" to make it more
> palatable
> to those who pay for the service? Many language courses do not emphasize
> natural pronunciation, assuming that "it will just come when you are more
> fluent", so I would imagine such a speech therapy service could be in high
> demand.
> No way of knowing for sure, of course, without partaking in the speech
> therapy course itself or asking the people involved. But this is what it
> sounded like to me from the description.
> --Natalie Weber
> On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Carlos M Nash <carlosmnash at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I find it absolutely embarrassing, frustrating, and depressing that, in
>> the
>> 21st century, this sort of philosophy is being passed on to future
>> academics. With the significant amount of British media accessed by
>> Americans on a daily basis, and exposure to different varieties of
>> British
>> English from British actors in Hollywood, you would think there would be
>> some negative indicator (e.g. lack or loss of profit) if there were
>> difficulties for the average American consumer to comprehend
>> non-American
>> varieties.
>> In the meantime, I'll watch another 30 minutes of BBC News before
>> walking
>> to
>> campus in subzero temperature.
>> Best Wishes.
>> ------------------------------
>> Carlos M Nash
>> Department of Anthropology
>> University of Kansas

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