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    Is it a native speaker?

    Here's a link to a poem read by a woman. Is she a native speaker? If yes, is she British or American? If not, does she have a strong accent?

    https://ravenotation.wordpress.com/2...by-john-clare/
    Last edited by englishhobby; 13-Nov-2015 at 21:25.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    There's an interesting lilt to her voice, suggesting a a slight regional accent (though I can't pinpoint it), but I would say she's a British native speaker.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    I agree with ems -- British.

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    #4

    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    I would say educated English, from the Midlands or further north. The vowel sounds in 'last' and 'cast' show it not to be a speaker from the south.

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    #5

    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    does she have a strong accent?
    No

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    #6

    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    If not, does she have a strong accent?
    The answer to that is very subjective. To me, a speaker of southern BrE, she has almost no accent at all. To a child from Newcastle, Glasgow, New Jersey or Alice Springs, she has a strong English accent.

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    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    I did not find her accent strong.

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    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I did not find her accent strong.
    Neither did I, but I know what Piscean means. I went to university in a northern town and heard people calling me a southern snob endlessly, though I would not have thought my accent to be that strong or snobby.

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    #9

    Re: Is it a native speaker?

    I had similar experiences to Tdol as a southerner at university in the north-east of England (not that far from Scotland).

    A few years ago, I went with two friends (one from the north of England and one, like me, a southerner) to meet an old friend from university in a pub in the north. As I was ordering drinks, the barman said he had a message for me from Tim (our friend). I asked the barman how he knew we were Tim's friends. He said that Tim had told him that three men would be coming into the pub at that time, one of them local, and two talking toffee (= posh). My southern friend and I were easily identifiable by our, to the locals, strong accents.

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