Americanization of English
Posted by Ann on September 12, 1997 at 16:26:53:
In response to English Accent, written by Caroline on September 12, 1997 at 15:12:10
] ] Paltrow ....... token effort in trying to be English amuses me.....(At least the majority of the cast weren't Americans pretending to be English as Paltrow was).
] Gwyneth Paltrow's accent isn't too bad, if what you want is a standardised, middle-class, twentieth century englishwoman.It didn't grate on me at all. But English accents, like those of any other country vary greatly geographically, and also in time.
About a year ago I was listening to a broacast of the BBC, on my local public radio station. They had on two young English girls discussing something or other. With the exception of about 5 syllables in the entire piece, I could not distinguish their accent from the generic American one. So it seems the two accents are converging over the Atlantic.
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