changing one's accent from posh to a little less posh

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Dec 5 20:07:19 UTC 2006

On 12/5/06, Alice Faber <faber at> wrote:
> RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> > By the way, no one has yet taken notice of the article in the press today
> > about the phonetics professor in Munich who has been studying the accent of the
> > present Queen of England (the one who is not bald) by looking at recordings of
> > her formal speeches made over the past 50 years. It appears that Queen
> > Elizabeth II has become much more demotic in her accent over the years.
> I remember this being reported, with a bit more fanfare, some 4 years
> ago, perhaps on the occasion of her Jubilee.

J.C. Wells has some coverage from 2000 on his Estuary English site:

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