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    Default What is the accent of this speaker?

    Hello, everyone! I am currently reading a videobook on youtube. As I am not an English native speaker, it is really hard for me to distinguish the accent of the speaker. At first, I thought it is British, but later I found that some words were pronounced in American way like "hurry", "advantage", "chance" etc. May I know if anybody, especially native speaker, can help me to discern the accent of the reader?

    Here is the link: Part 1 - Emma Audiobook by Jane Austen (Vol 1: Chs 01-09) - YouTube

    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: What is the accent of this speaker?

    I'd go for a trace of Irish accent there.
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    Default Re: What is the accent of this speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'd go for a trace of Irish accent there.
    The name of the reader, Moira Fogarty, is certainly Irish but I'd go for educated, east coast American.

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    Default Re: What is the accent of this speaker?

    I googled her, she is a voice artist based in Toronto, Canada.

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    Default Re: What is the accent of this speaker?

    That is as close to the alleged American standard accent that you're likely to hear. There is nothing that says what region of the US she is from. I could no hint of southern, northeast, upper Midwest, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: What is the accent of this speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That is as close to the alleged American standard accent that you're likely to hear. There is nothing that says what region of the US she is from. I could no hint of southern, northeast, upper Midwest, etc.
    Thank you very much. It seems that I was wrong to regard
    Moira Fogarty's accent as British. I find her web page now and it is written: "My diction and enunciation are as close to pristine BBC Newscaster English as you can get without a British accent." So does it mean that her diction and enunciation follow the British style but with an American accent? It seems a confusing to say that in the web page.

    http://voice123.com/moirafogarty

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I googled her, she is a voice artist based in Toronto, Canada.
    That would be why I couldn't place her in the US!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: What is the accent of this speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by thincat View Post
    "My diction and enunciation are as close to pristine BBC Newscaster English as you can get without a British accent."
    That does not mean very much, especially as BBC newsreaders have a greater variety of accents than was the case fifty years ago.
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