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Accents and Dialects

Accents and Dialects
Public Domain / CIA NOTE: This guide uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For information about this notation, please visit my page of International Phonetic Alphabet Resources. There are obviously many North American accents. For reference, here is a list of only the most common classifications in the United States and Canada. General American This refers to the spectrum of ‘standard’ English spoken by newscasters, TV actors, and a large percentage of middle-class Americans. Prominent Features: The short-a (as in cat) is raised and diphthongized before nasal consonants. Accent Samples: Eastern New England English This describes the classic “Boston Accent.” New York City English One of the more famous American accents, the classic “New Yorkese” has been immortalized by films (“Goodfellas,” “Marty,” and “Manhattan,” among countless others), TV shows (“All in the Family,” “Seinfeld,” “King of Queens”) and plays (“A View from the Bridge,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Guys and Dolls”). Conclusion Related:  LanguageEnglish / American Pronunciation

Clear Communication Introduction to Plain Language at NIH Plain language is grammatically correct language that includes complete sentence structure and accurate word usage. Plain language is not unprofessional writing or a method of "dumbing down" or "talking down" to the reader. Plain Language Act President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946/Public Law 111-274) on October 13, 2010. Part of the NIH mission is to reach all Americans with health information they can use and to communicate in a way that helps people to easily understand research results. Celebrating Plain Language at NIH Health literacy incorporates a range of abilities: reading, comprehending, and analyzing information; decoding instructions, symbols, charts, and diagrams; weighing risks and benefits; and, ultimately, making decisions and taking action. Plain Language/Clear Communications Awards Program Tips for Using Plain Language: Certain qualities characterize plain language. 1. 3. Organization. 4.

Pronunciation: 3 Principles On How To Make Your Spoken English Sound More Natural – A Guest Post I recently had the privilege and honour of being interviewed by my fellow English Language trainer, Elena Mutonono on her recent webinar “Accent Training for Business People“. For those of you who didn’t sign up for the webinar, here’s the recording. In that webinar we discussed the benefits of accent training for non-native business people and how accent training improves communication. I asked Elena, a pronunciation expert, to write a guest post for me to share her three tips on how you can make your spoken English sound more natural. I am delighted to pass the baton over to Elena for this week’s post. Elena Mutonono I remember a few years ago I went to a beauty salon in New Orleans and was served by a nice lady from Brazil. The intonation and the word stress sounded to me as though I was watching a Brazilian soap opera without translation where one good sister loses the love of her life, and the other one steals him. What was worse is I felt ashamed that I couldn’t talk to this lady.

The History and Development of American English | Cheryl Mahmoud Cheryl Mahmoud LNG 2100- Assignment 2 December 20114 including Algonquian, Muskoghian and Penutian (Wolfram and Schilling-Estes, 1998:105).These Native American languages became a rich source of words and expressions that wereneeded by the early colonists; to describe the new sights, tastes and experiences of their adopted homeland. Many of the native languages, however, contained nasal, pharyngialisedand glottalised sounds which were unfamiliar to speakers of English. An inevitable result wasthat the borrowed words from the native languages were changed considerably, both in formand meaning, for ease of assimilation (Marckwardt, 1958:24). (A list of loan words from allthe languages mentioned so far is attached as Appendix 1).The main effect of the vast diversification of the American population, and the processes bywhich the languages came into contact was that the English spoken by Americans tended tolevel out. Princeton University, who remarked that people… th to mean ibid : 360). –„eth‟

Difference Between Accent and Dialect Having an American accent is a sought-after trait in the workplace nowadays. In a world where business transactions are initiated and concluded over the Internet, one has a distinct advantage if one knows how to speak the American way. Persuading an American client over the phone to buy a particular product is easier if the salesman speaks with an American accent. Similarly, potential British buyers would take interest in a salesman who speaks with an accent similar to theirs. Business Process Outsourcing, or BPO, companies usually hire either an American native speaker or someone with an American accent as an outbound telemarketer, because those are the people who can easily garner a client’s attention through the way they speak. The term ‘dialect’ refers to a sub-branch of a main language, which may be different in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and diction. English Dialect Examples Accent and dialect should never be interchanged, and should only be used in their proper context.

This is What Michael Jackson Sounds Like in Quechua Even the youngs think Quechua is cool. After the language was translated for a book, a song, and given a shoutout by a fútbolero, we started thinking that Quechua was having a sort of moment. Perhaps the biggest sign of this is that a 14-year-old girl named Renata Flores sang a Quechua version of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” The Ayacuchana sings the tune at the Vilcashuamán ruins, as guitars and a Peruvian cajón play. According to La Republica, the video is part of the Asociación Cultural SURCA, which works to get the youth to learn the importance of Quechua. The Primary Differences Among Major International English Dialects | Grammarly Blog The British Empire hasn’t been in existence for almost three-quarters of a century. At the peak of its might, it covered close to a quarter of the world’s land area and ruled a fifth of its population. But the empire changed, transformed, and passed as all things pass. American English Out of all the international English dialects, American English has the most speakers. Indian English India is a country where English is one of two official languages, the other being Hindi. Nigerian English You don’t need a letter from a Nigerian prince to figure out that Nigerians speak English, and the English they speak is very distinct. British English Jay-Z becomes Jay Zed when he goes to the UK.

American English: Learn How to Speak American English for Free Living in America can be unduly difficult and unpleasant if you don't know how to speak English. The biggest reason people in America don't learn how to speak English has nothing to do with ignorance or the complexity of the language, it is for lack of resources and the misconception that it costs a lot of money to learn how to speak English. From this article, readers should hope to learn how to speak American English for free using resources easily available to any person. On the Internet, there are hundreds - if not thousands - of free resources to help you learn American English, improve your American English skills, and read and write American English better. There are many different types of learning methods and resources, so it's important to find what works best for you and helps you learn easier.

Difference or Deficit in Speakers of African American English?What Every Clinician Should Know…and Do | ASHA News Leader | ASHA Publications User Alerts You are adding an alert for: Difference or Deficit in Speakers of African American English?What Every Clinician Should Know…and Do You will receive an email whenever this article is corrected, updated, or cited in the literature. You can manage this and all other alerts in My Account The alert will be sent to: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2003). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2004). Dillard, J. Fasold, R., & Wolfram, W. (1975). Green, L. (2002). Helm-Estabrooks, N., & Bernstein Ratner, N. Labov, W. (1975). Lahey, M. (1988). McGregor, K. Mufwene, S., Rickford, J., Bailey, G., & Baugh, J. Seymour, H., Roeper, T., deVilliers, J. (2004). Seymour, H., & Bland, L. (1991). Seymour, H., Bland-Stewart, L., & Green, L. Vaughn-Cooke, F. (1986). Wolfram, W. (1986). Wolfram, W., & Fasold, R. (1974). Wyatt, T. Linda M. The ASHA Leader You will receive an email whenever the Latest Issue appears in The ASHA Leader. Citation Bland-Stewart, L.

25 maps that explain the English language English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It’s spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today. The origins of English 1) Where English comes from English, like more than 400 other languages, is part of the Indo-European language family, sharing common roots not just with German and French but with Russian, Hindi, Punjabi, and Persian. 2) Where Indo-European languages are spoken in Europe today Saying that English is Indo-European, though, doesn’t really narrow it down much. 3) The Anglo-Saxon migration 4) The Danelaw The next source of English was Old Norse. 5)The Norman Conquest 6) The Great Vowel Shift The spread of English Credits Endless stream of movie clips of specific phrases () Our service will teach you to understand spoken English. The purpose of service is to learn english using TV series. We create video sequence from scenes that contain the word you search for. As soon as you submit your search query, the phrase list is returned and phrase list are played automatically. When we write correctly, we don't recall all the grammer and spelling rules, we just feel what's right. This works exactly the same with a foreign language. We've sorted the phrases in such a manner that course will start with the most commonly ones used in TV shows and movies. At the very beginning, you'll understand only some of the sentences' parts. After you log into the system, you'll see the first phrase offered for learning in the left column. To change the translation language, click on the gray button in the upper-right corner. The phrases or words you haven't searched for yet are marked with bold underscore. Thanks for being with us.

Linguistics 201: The Dialects of American English The Dialects of American English The various Germanic tribes (Angles, Saxons, and Jutes) who invaded Britain after 437 AD brought with them their own dialects of West Germanic. These formed the basis for the emergence of later dialect areas. British colonization of other continents led to the establishment of various colonial, or overseas, dialects. The main dialect areas of the US can be traced to the four main migrations of English speaking people to America from the British Isles during the colonial period (1607-1775). 1. Main features --pronunciation of [O] in caught, bought --low fronted [a] instead of back[A] in words such asfar, father (the so-called nasal twang) --Deletion of syllable final [r], as in far pronounced "fah", Carter pronounced "Cahtah". --Compensatory addition of [r] after a final schwa, as in Cuber (instead of Cuba). --some lexical particularities, such as earthworm called an angleworm,pail rather thanbucket (either word is used in standard American.) 2. 3. 4. 5.