The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same. Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation. Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all. Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!
What’s your favorite accent?
Unsurprising to no one who’s followed this blog for five seconds, my favorite accent is the English one, but saying something like that without qualifications is akin to saying “My favorite accent is the American one.” There are numerous English accents. I recently located a video that explained all of the different ones, which was invaluable to someone who was currently using British and English interchangeably. in all areas.
One day I’ll edit my videos or more like upgrade my blog so I can use audio, and you’ll all hear my “video recording” accent. Since I’m from and live on the US east coast and Pennsylvania specifically, we have some very nasal vowels that are entirely not conducive to singing, which I used to do much more religiously until a little bit after college. We were taught to round out our vowels and make them sound more Latin, but I discovered it was just much easier to sing with an English inflection. There’s apparently a connection between musical inclination and the ability to emulate accents. I think I’m okay at it, and unlike many people I actually like my speaking/recorded voice, which makes me worried I sound like a big snob or (wait for it) narcissist.
If I had to specify my favorite British accent, I think it would have to be Received Pronunciation. During a wiki walk a while ago I stumbled upon the concept of the rhotic R, and everything about English accents just came together for me. Knowing about that, I could also attempt to hone my emulation.
If anyone from the UK is reading this, please know I’m a total anglophile, and mimicry can be considered the sincerest form of flattery. I don’t attempt this for mockery or the like, especially since I’ve experienced bullying and detest cruelty in all it’s forms. I do love talking about accents though and what defines/differentiates them.
What’s your favorite accent? It can be your own (no shame in liking who you are!). What draws you to the accent? Can you emulate it?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!