Secretary of the U.S. Department of Awesome (noctrnalwolf) wrote in linguaphiles,
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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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  • FRENCH: yes, sir

    I'd like to ask you what would a French soldier say, after he receives an order, before he goes away. I believe in English it's simply "Yes, sir!"

  • KO == Not OK

    I've noticed that the acronym KO in French and Italian informal communication can mean simply "not OK" without particular relation to the original…

  • FRENCH: subjonctif

    I had to combine two sentences without the subjonctif: 1."Ces indices serviront aux enquêteurs." et 2. "Ce n'est pas certain." into one with the…