FAQ

Are you a linguist? No.  I became interested in dialects as an actor, and this interest become an obsession all its own.  But no, I do not have an advanced degree in linguistics.

So, big shot, if you’re not a Ph.D, then why should I believe you? I have spent over a decade studying dialects intensely.  And any time there is a gap in my knowledge, I try to be forthright about this.

Why did you start this blog? Because I love the dialects of English, and have found curiously few blogs about the topic.

You said (insert tidbit of information here), and I read the opposite somewhere else.  Are you a liar? I try to be as accurate as possible on this site.  However, the study of dialects often produces wildly contradictory information.  The moment somebody finds evidence of one assumption, somebody else swoops in and points to evidence to the contrary.  It is still an inexact science.

Are you a dialect coach? Yes, I am. For information about my coaching, visit the accent training section of this website.

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11 Responses to FAQ

  1. Mark says:

    Love this blog! Very entertaining and informative.

    This being a site dedicated to language, I feel compelled to point out the adverbial error in the posting “‘Thou’ on Google NGram Viewer”. 1st paragraph, 2nd sentence: “frequently”, not “frequent”.

    I’m just sayin’. Thanks!

  2. Nathan Melatto Santos says:

    This is the best site I´ve ever seen about pronunciation and dialects! Congrats and keep doing it!

  3. Isabel says:

    I like your blog very much and I found it very useful. Would you tell me where did you get the information about Northern England English from? I need to find information about it for a research I am currently working on but I still didn’t find a book where to read the characteristics of this accent in more detail and with a more accurate information. I would be very grateful if you could help me!

  4. James Hedges says:

    Would you ever consider expanding this blog beyond english dialect? I’ve noticed more and more of these type of blogs that compare english dialect over the past couple of years and was wondering if you would consider doing this but apply it to other langauges?

    • Chris Roberts says:

      I to wouldn’t mind him tackling other languages. You can only talk about english language accents for so long before it kinda starts to get boring. Would raelly like to see this blog expand into other languages.

    • kevin says:

      I would like to see this expanded beyond english language .

  5. Nadia Beccaria says:

    Hello! I have a rather strange question and hope you might enlighten me!
    I have been living in Italy for 23 years, so I probably notice this more:
    Coming occasionally over to the UK I noticed that people seem to have what sounds to me to be a slight American accent. Many seem to finish their sentences as if they were ALL questions. On a high as it were. I usually visit the Reading area of the UK, but I have heard it also in British journalists and Actors.
    It is quite disconcerting since it is relatively recent…my sister seems to have adopted this new accent which sounds really odd. Can you tell me something about this phenomenon does it have a technical term?
    Many thanks for your opinions!
    Nadia

    • DfNZ says:

      The finishing sentences as if they are all questions thing is called the “high rising terminal”. It is not specifically American and might have been popularised in England by Australian soap operas.

      I have only noticed a slightly Americanised accent appearing in the UK amongst younger speakers. This is a good example of the kinds of shifts occurring in adolescent girls

      • Nadia Beccaria says:

        Yes! That’s it. Thanks for putting a name to it. My sister isn’t adolescent but she does have children and they all use a “high rising terminal” that sounds very similar to this interview (they use the word “like” a bit, but there is a lot more H.R.T compared to the children interviewed here, who use it just a little!)
        Thanks again!

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