Secretary of the U.S. Department of Awesome (noctrnalwolf) wrote in linguaphiles,
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Awesome

english accents

hm. I'm not sure if this is 100% linguistics related but someone I know is a native Russian speaker who speaks English. He has no detectable Russian accent (when speaking English). He does have an accent, but it's not exactly American or British...? It's like some weird English "intellectual" accent, if that makes sense, and it probably has something to do with how/where he learned English. Wikipedia tells me this is perhaps "Mid-Atlantic English."

Anyways, I'm intrigued by this. Are there any studies about this? websites? audio? basically I'd just like to know if anyone knows more about this sort of thing (weird variations on English pronunciation that have less to do with location and more to do with socialization) or if anyone else can find other examples.

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