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    London English

    Hello everyone, I am currently preparing a master's thesis on sociolinguistics about a certain feature of English pronunciation and I need recordings of Londoners reading a list of words and a short text, in order to analyse them (I assumed that having a microphone on one's computer has become commonplace now).
    I am not sure that my request is appropriate within this forum (?), this is why I will not provide more details yet.
    Thank you for your answers.

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    Re: London English

    Quote Originally Posted by lou.o View Post
    Hello everyone, I am currently preparing a master's thesis on sociolinguistics about a certain feature of English pronunciation and I need recordings of Londoners reading a list of words and a short text, in order to analyse them (I assumed that having a microphone on one's computer has become commonplace now).
    I am not sure that my request is appropriate within this forum (?), this is why I will not provide more details yet.
    Thank you for your answers.
    Can I assume that you mean people who were born and brought up in London, as opposed to people who simply live there now (who would also call themselves Londoners after they've lived there a while)?

    London covers rather a large area and within that one city there are several different accents/pronunciations.

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    Re: London English

    Thank you for your answer.
    In fact I meant people who simply live there (the accentological diversity within London is precisely part of the topic I'm studying).
    I cannot reveal the nature of the feature I intend to survey, otherwise it would skew the results.
    Are you a Londoner yourself ?

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    Re: London English

    Your question is a bit vague. The accent most associated with London is "cockney" but it is a specific to certain places and inhabitants.

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    Re: London English

    Out of curiosity, why not those that have lived there- I don't live there now, but lived there for many years.

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    Re: London English

    Quote Originally Posted by lou.o View Post
    Thank you for your answer.
    In fact I meant people who simply live there (the accentological diversity within London is precisely part of the topic I'm studying).
    I cannot reveal the nature of the feature I intend to survey, otherwise it would skew the results.
    Are you a Londoner yourself ?
    No, I'm not a Londoner. However, I'm still confused as to who you want. If you simply want people who live in London, as you said above, then you're not necessarily going to get any London accents at all. You'll get an Australian, a Mancunian, a Sri Lankan, a Geordie, a Nigerian, two Essex girls, a Scot, an Irish guy, a Northern Irish guy etc etc. You get the picture.

    If you want people who live in London, then you're going to get people from all over the world. If you want people who are London born and bred or at least people who grew up there and have therefore probably hung on to their "London accent" then you need to specify that.

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