A tour of the British Isles in accents.


Received pronunciation is the great
communicator as soon as you deviate from that and you
go into London speech for example then you lose a little bit of the
communication. cockney is based on East Anglian Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, this is
often by actors confused with the West Country
where the R’s come in and then you get Dorset and Somerset get into Cornwall.
Devon’s slightly different it goes into the nose bit more like that then you go up north to Yorkshire it’s nice
if you get a word that’s got one on the predominant
sounds in it like yark sheer then you cross the Pennines into Lancashire
where he gets much more flexible and fluid in the mouth Liverpool is there too, you know, it’s
Scouse it’s a mixture of all kinds of sounds one of
those is Northern Irish with the rising
inflections but you don’t get the rising
inflections down in Dublin where it has that poetic quality which is
sometimes thought of as being not different from
Highland speech which is also quite poetic and almost
Scandinavian and then you come down to Glasgow and
into the Lowlands of Scotland where you get glottal stops and things like that.
Then you come down the west coast and you’re in Wales, North
Wales where it’s breathy like that and down
into South Wales where you get much heavier and Welsh people who sometimes even sound a bit drunk.

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