Speech, Identity, and Losing the Accent

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    This is a wonderful article. You are very sensitive and open about your own self-evaluation.
    Yes, of course; you could think of using punctuation in a way to show your accent, or that of others you interview. It DOES make a difference.

    I have been teaching language: spelling, grammar and pronunciation of the English language for more than 20 years. I place great emphasis and pain-staking practice exercises on language efficiency, delivery, phrasing, word choice and intonation. I ask my students questions about their intention for what they say, which gives meaning through tone and accent.

    It helps them, whether young or old, gain confidence in social interaction.

  2. scarlettbrown says:

    Hi Clare,
    Thank you for the comments and I’m glad you enjoyed the post!
    I have used punctuation as much as possible to capture the inferences of what myself and my interviewees are saying. I have found it more helpful though to think in a general sense, encouraging myself to be self-reflexive during the interviews. One example is that two of my interviewees had welsh accents, and this changes the entire tone of the interview. I am more relaxed and at home, and more likely to stray away from any formality in the interview. I’m still unsure if that is a good thing or not!

  3. Lucy Fisher says:

    “The Queen’s English” is just an ironic way of referring to the language. It doesn’t mean an accent or dialect.

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