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By selective reference to examples taken from your ownstudies of accent and speech, show to what extent you think thestatement to be an accurate one.

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It has been claimed that our accent and speech can reveal a great deal about us. It can give clues about the speaker's place of origin, education, community values and social identity. By selective reference to examples taken from your own studies of accent and speech, show to what extent you think the statement to be an accurate one. Each person in our country has a distinctive accent and dialect, which gives us indications as to where he or she are from, their social background and education. This is a fairly accurate statement as from the accents of many people we are able to identify their place of origin and from their dialect we are able to tell what sort of education they have had or their social identity. Accent and dialect give us strong clues to people, the way they live and their history, but it is not always correct. Accents are very noticeable things in many cases. In Britain there are a lot of accents but some renowned. These include Liverpool (Scouse), Newcastle (Geordie), London (Cockney), Leeds (Yorkshire) and Wales and Scotland have their own accents too. These accents have specific characteristics that distinguish them from others. For example, in Liverpool you will hear people say that something is not "fur" rather than fair. ...read more.


A person's dialect is a much better indicator of somebody's education and community values. Contrary to popular opinion, Standard English can be spoken in any accent. It is the dialect we aspire to but you can speak it in any accent. One is unable to speak in North East Geordie language in a Cockney accent because it would simply sound stupid. However, saying this, we all have the ability to 'dialect switch'. This is when you change your language to fit in to your surroundings. There is also such thing as 'accent switch', which is what everyone does when they speak on the telephone. Two people in a conversation will seek to converge if they like each other. For example, if you were to meet the Queen your language would become a lot more formal. Also it is normal to see Roy Keane saying he is 'delighted', but you would hardly ever hear him saying this normally. On the other hand, if two people are talking and they do not like each other they will seek to diverge. For example, in a pub if two builders saw two lawyers at the bar they may talk down and use foul language to seem different from them. So how does accent and dialect relate to social identity? ...read more.


It is common to go past a playing field nowadays and hear children of nine or ten swearing. Some people even try to fit in because there is a degree of embarrassment or perhaps shame that they speak differently to others. Double negatives are used again when people attempt to fit in. 'I never done nothing' This shows a desire to talk in a similar manner to one's friends. Why do people talk down though? Embarrassment, shame, guilt. Some feel like 'a fish out of water'. In today's world it is increasingly important to fit in to prevent being on the end of bullying and such that this can change how someone speaks. It also depends on who you're talking to. For example, if you're talking to a teacher or a policeman you would tend to use more standard English, however if it is a friend, you may use much more colloquial language and possibly swear. In conclusion it is clear to see that accent and dialect do indeed tell us a lot about people, although we can't be entirely clear about our perceptions. Our accent does give us a fair idea about the origin of people and the speech and language used by people also gives us a sense of their social identity and community values, even their education. I can conclude that the statement is fairly accurate, however there are more factors that need to be considered. ...read more.

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