Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Standard British or North Country Accent?

    I am wondering what the difference is between a standard british accent and a north country accent? Can anyone help me?

  2. #2
    curmudgeon's Avatar
    curmudgeon is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,657
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Standard British or North Country Accent?


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    1,553
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Standard British or North Country Accent?

    Linguistically speaking, "the north" is a very big place with lots of variations in accent and dialect.

    There are some common features, though, and these include:

    1. the short "a" in words like "cat" is usually pronounced nearer the back of the mouth than in southern England or America.

    2. the long "a" in words like "fast" is usually pronounced like the short "a".

    3. the short "u" in words like "shut" is usually pronounced like the "u" in "put".

    4. diphtongs, like the "a" in "gate", tend to be pronounced as single, long vowels, much like the "pure" vowel sounds you tend to get in Italian or German.

    That, of course, accounts for some of the accents in northern England. Scotland is another kettle of fish altogether.

    The character of Daphne in the sitcom Frasier speaks with a northern English accent; she is supposed to come from Manchester, but unfortunately the actress speaks with a more Yorkshire accent. Also, the actors playing her brothers have Cockney (i.e. London) accents, which is really confusing for a British viewer (well, this British viewer anyway).

  4. #4
    curmudgeon's Avatar
    curmudgeon is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,657
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Standard British or North Country Accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    Scotland is another kettle of fish altogether.
    or a horse of a different colour.

Similar Threads

  1. British English or American accent?
    By Anonymous in forum Frequently Asked Questions
    Replies: 230
    Last Post: 24-Apr-2010, 04:00
  2. Learning an english accent - where to start?
    By Travelsonic in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 03-Jun-2009, 15:08
  3. Learning "plummy" accent ???
    By j4mes_bond25 in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 07-Aug-2007, 07:34
  4. Is it right?
    By Genrikh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Dec-2005, 15:59

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •